Long before I bought this farm in 2006, the footprints of Native American Chickasaw and Civil War soldiers passed over this land. Our current farm was originally part of a 160-acre plot of land which eventually was subdivided in xxxx. We are fortunate to have original documents that establish the first transaction on this land in 1837, between a land company and a Chickasaw Indian, and our guests enjoy reading the full history and how the land passed from hand to hand. The original farmhouse and the tractor shed located south of the property were built in 1923. The newer barn on the West hill was built in the last 50 years as a show calf barn.
The Country Cottage served first as the original well pumphouse. Today, the original cistern is now a large planter where a French lavender happily grows. In 2014, Kole and I decided to rehab the original brick structure, incorporating mostly found objects, salvaged materials, and wood from the farm. Together with friends and family, we laid bedroom foundation, framed the 550-square foot cottage, and salvaged bricks. When our expertise ran out, we hired bricklayers and roofers to finish the job. As many guests know, we lived in the cottage from 2014 until 2021 while running the main farmhouse as a guest house. Many people called us crazy. Perhaps? But the small cottage fit our life…even with three dogs in and out.
With the advent of 2020, life changed for us as well. Knowing the hospitality industry shifted from hosting multiple parties under one room to more private, safe accommodations, we embarked on the great switcheroo. After some light renovations, we welcomed our first guests to the cottage in late 2021.