Fearrington Farm, in Pittsboro, North Carolina, has been around since about 1770. Originally a dairy farm, the property has changed hands several times over the last 200-plus years, most recently in 1974. That’s when R.B. Fitch and his late wife, Jenny, purchased the farm, already with a vision in mind.
Slowly, they built a village center which includes a hotel and restaurant, shops and boutiques, a bookstore, a spa, and a beer garden. They modeled the village after places they fell in love with on their travels, like the English countryside. After 40 years, the village now includes houses they are home to over 2,000 residents.
Today, the property still includes a farm where animals simply live the good life. Belted Galloway cows were the first to arrive, their unique white stripe and lack of spots earning them the nickname “Oreo Cows”. Black and white Tennessee Fainting goats came next, admittedly at first because they matched the cows, but their curious nature and adorable personalities have made them a favorite among locals and visitors. Several donkeys roam the pasture, along with a coop full of chickens and one rooster to complete the farm. The only product sourced from the animals are the freshly laid eggs, which are used in the delicious meals at The Fearrington House Restaurant.
Below, you’ll find a few candid shots of the friends we made while visiting the farm.
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