The Locale Today
The Sperryville Pike, US Route 522, borders and crisscrosses the eastern boundaries of Eldon Stock Farm. The town of Sperryville lies one field north of the Farm along the Thornton River. In 1817, Francis Thornton III laid out Sperryville at the foot of Thornton Gap. By 1850, two turnpikes junctioned here. During the early 19th century the town’s woodworkers built Conestoga wagons sending them from the Piedmont on their long journey west. Today Sperryville is the gateway to Shenandoah National Park that provides access to Skyline Drive – an extension of the Blue Ridge Parkway of the Great Smoky Mountains.
This historic village is admired for its old-time charm. Its business district is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The magnificent land holding’s grand scale mosaic is one-of-a-kind.
The Inn at Little Washington founded 40 years ago and shepherded by a creative genius – Chef Patrick O’Connell – is rightfully renowned and draws epicurean cognescenti from around the globe to partake of its stunning dining and most gracious accommodations.
Sperryville’s reputation as a destination is growing – five country inns, broad offerings of fine food, two craft breweries and an award-winning distillery flank both banks of the Thornton River. The town offers a haven for those seeking respite from the crush of Washington, DC, and burgeoning growth in eastern Virginia, along with the opportunity of investing safely and satisfyingly in well-positioned land in the USA.
Rappahannock is an island in a sea of dynamic growth. More than 40% of the county’s land is protected from development with 18% of the county being within the boundary of the National Park and the remainder in private conservation easements. However, not a single acre of Eldon Stock Farm is encumbered by easement or other restriction. The Lane Family wisely decided that the next deserving successor-in-interest should rightly have that choice.
The “secret sauce” blending the rural with the refined has attracted successful and wealthy landowners to the county from near and far. While the word “rural” can connote economic trouble; Rappahannock is quietly prospering – low taxes, gentlemen farmers, protective local laws.
The 2019 real estate tax on this magnificent place totaled $48,604.86 – averaging an amazing $6.84 an acre including all buildings and improvements.