Something special happens in the atmosphere at Little England Farm. A natural recipe, you might call it.
It starts with a good helping of history – deep American history – with land dating back to a 1651 land grant to the Perrin family and a home built in 1716. The home was used as a lookout for ships during the Battle of Yorktown, as a hospital during the war of 1812 and a garrison during the Civil War.
It’s part location. The farm sits on nearly 60 acres along the banks of the York River and Sarah’s Creek of the Chesapeake Bay region in Virginia. Wind whips softly across the land, through the blackberry bushes and figs, around the persimmons and pears, and through the stately black walnut and pecan trees (rows and rows of mature pecan trees harvested and marketed every fall).
And it’s a whole lot of love. Steve and Karen Barrs, have labored to bring the land and historic home alive again with their three sons (hunting, fishing, outdoor-loving sons), a slew of animals (baby doll sheep, horses and a pig) and a desire to make the land a working farm again.
Perhaps you’re anxious to know where you can buy the fruits of the land – we’re sure you’ve heard of Karen’s famous JAM ON IT Little England Jam? Or perhaps the pecans the family harvests every fall? Check out the Little England Mercantile just up the road.
“It’s fun to take care of something old and historic, and with the significance this has, when we have a bunch a kids running around and dogs asleep in the kitchen. It makes us feel rich in that we get to use it fully.” –Steve Barrs