In addition to being a premier wedding venue in the Fredricksburg area, 6 Pastures today is an active cattle farm and raises the most organic beef possible. Located on Ridge Road, the farm was first settled by a contingent of Quakers who migrated to this area of Frederick County in the early 1700’s. There were several Quaker settlements – White Hall being the closest to the farm.
The road was named Ridge Road back then due to its position along the mountain ridge. During the Revolutionary War, Hessian soldiers took positions in the hills and occupied much of the land in this area. The soldiers regularly stopped by the Quaker homes and took advantage of the Quaker ladies’ cooking talents. They would eat the apple pies and other apple baked items as apples were prevalent, even back then. Thus the road name changed to Apple Pie Ridge Road.
The original farm house, the “old girl,” and the barn were built by Quakers circa 1840’s.
After many conversations with architects, builders and structural engineers regarding whether or not we could restore the “old girl” – it was decided the existing building was not structurally sound enough to bear much of a load and the decision was made to raze the building. The guest house stands in tribute to the “old girl” and is immediately behind the original foundation. The 1841 foundation was saved and restored and is visible in front of the guest house.
This house is available to use when holding an event at 6 Pastures. In appearance from the front, it looks just like the original house did in 1841. Most of the wood you see in the Tribute House – floors, ship lap, and stair treads – was reclaimed from the barn. Even the exterior barn siding and metal roof were used in the 2 story screened porch.
The 2 story bank barn (now the event barn) – also circa 1840 – has been rebuilt. The original limestone foundation has been restored and reinforced.
The new sides and roof rise from the original foundation itself. The entire 2nd floor wall framing, board and batten siding, and metal roof of the new barn rests solely on the original foundation.
We LOVE our farm.
Paul has always wanted to own a farm and after 44 years of marriage, we’ve each learned to let our life partner have what they want! (OK … most of the time!) It’s a great way to live! Now retired, Paul and Mary bought the farm in 2015 – literally!
Restoring it has become a labor of love. We’ve always enjoyed large gatherings at our home including our annual Christmas Eve dinners where all the food is home-made from recipes handed down for generations. Having all our family and friends together is our favorite evening of the year!
We created this venue with guests in mind – great views, lots of room, neat features and a farm family-friendly atmosphere where you can lay back, relax and enjoy the peace away from a hectic life. We’ll assist you the whole way – from caterers to flowers to music, and we have the contacts you need to help you plan your event.
Whether you’re planning a wedding, anniversary or family gathering, we hope our event barn will provide couples, friends and families many wonderful experiences and memories. We look forward to assisting you make your gathering a special occasion and one you’ll remember for many years! Please contact us for a tour and any questions you have. We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!!