Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sustainable Farming in Bethania North Carolina

In our last post, we wrote about Stauber Farm, a meticulously preserved North Carolina Moravian farmstead. Sustainable farming is at  the tip of every artisanal tongue these days, yet Stauber Farm has miraculously been in the hands of only four conscientious stewards since the early 1800's. There is a good amount of concientousness in this pre-revolutionary frontier outpost turned tobacco boomtown. We are lucky to have so much of our past still with us and functioning, despite the "Barbarians at the Gate." I am talking about the leveraged buy out craze of the 80's and 90's and subsequent merger mania that took so many of our  treasured benefactors to farther fields. The good news is that preservation was in the hands of founding fathers and mothers for long enough to avoid destruction. Lamar and Charles Taft have remained staunch preservationists, so now we are moving into the house. The welcoming back porch, as we are back door friends

 We enter through a welcoming screened porch and admire the seedlings that are being protected for the cooler fall vegetable garden.

The Moravians were famous for their fine building, iron work and wood craft skills.

If you have ever shivered walking past a plastic door in a newly constructed house, fear not. Here you will find heart pine, original hardware and brick--made on the place. Actually the walls are insulated with brick, and they help withstand fire. 

This technique is called brick nogging, but lets admire Lamar's interior touches. The chandelier in the dining room is authentic and very old.

The ultimate Thanksgiving wedding location 

Thank you again Charles and Lamar for your famous hospitality, delicious fresh eggs and conscientious 
tour guides!

More Later!!
Don't forget to visit our flash sale
sharing discounted prices from
some of our top vendors

Product in the media
House Beautiful October 2012
the Best! p.30

Chinright Side Table

Jaqcqui Coffee Table

As seen in House Beautiful Oct. 2012 issue
Melissa Rufty Instant Room p. 45

This is a great issue!! 
Don't miss
Legendary Rooms for Americans Abroad
leading with Tony Duquette's and Hutton Wilkinson's Palazzo Brandolini

It's a great round-up!!


  1. Fabulous post….can't wait to study it more! I truly appreciate all of the detail you put into it! I know it's a lot of work!

  2. Liz I love seeing your neighbors' part in the history of the area! That door with all the tint window panes caught my eye.

    I am excited about the article on Tony Duquettes Palazzo Brandolini

    Art by Karena

  3. Great post.
    love the kitchen shot. Reminds me of the kitchen in the cottage I grew up in.

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    Models : dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, wild animals, birds, vehicles, fish, snoopy.

    Be the first to own one of these very unique mailboxes!
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  5. Excellent post. Such beautiful photos and work this is!

  6. Beautiful photos. You're truly a step above the rest :).


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