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The long history of Boxwood Farm is a perfect reflection of the history of the Warm Springs Valley itself.  Prior to the construction of the log structure at Boxwood in the 1790’s, Bath County was truly a wilderness civilized only by two frontier outposts at Fort Dinwiddie on the Jackson River and Fort Lewis on the Cowpasture.  By 1805 a Court House, Sheriff’s Office and Jail had been built next to the thermal springs.  People moved into the valley to take advantage of the fertile ground and curative thermal springs.  The McDannald family built the original Boxwood homestead and had a son who later operated The Warm Springs Hotel, Warm Springs Pools and formed the company that built the toll road over Warm Springs Mountain and down the valley to Hot Springs.  The only remaining Toll House still stands where the old road enters Boxwood’s meadows.  Dry stack stone walls line the old carriage path in front of Boxwood.

In 1830 the Strother family covered the two story log home with clapboard and added the wings on either side.  They planted the boxwoods that gave rise to the farm’s name.  In 1909 Gladys Ingalls purchased the farm and turned it into the estate it is today.  The Ingalls family came to the valley in 1890 and purchased both the Warm and Hot Springs locations and the hotel in Hot Springs.  They brought the railroad to Hot Springs and built The Homestead as we know it today.  Gladys Ingalls improved Boxwood to one of the finest homes in the valley.  Huntingdon Hartford purchased the farm from Mrs. Ingalls as a wedding gift for his new bride, Mary Pickford of “America’s Sweetheart” movie fame.  Ms. Pickford later married Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Boxwood became their favorite retreat.

The current owners, Jane and Amory Mellen, purchased Boxwood in 1986 and completed an extensive restoration of the home and gardens.  A master bedroom wing was added in 2000.  Their work retained all of the historic charm, exposed log core and wide heart pine flooring.  The entrance steps lead into the front hall that was added in 1840.  The wing to the left contains the dining room and kitchen, while the wing to the right was dedicated to an expansive living room looking out onto the gardens, stone walls and arbor.  The central log core has fireplaces at either end. The rear of the first floor includes a sunroom that opens onto a stone patio, den or fourth bedroom, and full bath.  The patio is shaded by an ancient red bud tree and is the perfect spot for summer dining in the evening. 

A sunlit enclosed porch off of the living room leads to the master bedroom suite with fireplace, sitting area, large bath, extensive closets and dressing area.  The second story has two bedrooms, each with private baths.  One of the bedrooms has a cozy reading room aimed at the winter sun to the south.

The master suite opens onto a stone patio on the rear of the house.  Mrs. Mellen has spent years establishing a beautiful perennial garden that leads to an arbor for larger outside dining space.  A stone path connects the patios and leads past the old stone milk house to the log guest cottage.  The cottage has two bedrooms, each with private bath, living room with original fireplace and a kitchenette.  During Mrs. Ingalls ownership, a carriage house with stable and five-room apartment above was added.

The residence is surrounded by 43 acres of fenced pasture with an additional 20 acres of woods above leading to the George Washington National Forest at the ridge top.  Resident families of deer and wild turkey feed daily in the upper meadow.  The McDannald’s originally chose the site because of the spring that still exists behind the house.  This water source offers an opportunity for an attractive water feature if desired.

Boxwood enjoys similar estate adjacencies to the south and east while remaining only minutes from the conveniences of Hot Springs and the club amenities of The Homestead resort.  Bath County’s four distinctive seasons offer cool and luxuriant summers that have drawn people from the lowlands for over 200 years.  The fall is simply stunning, with clean, crisp air and mountains colored in autumn’s glow.  The entire mountain line that forms Boxwood’s view shed is protected from development by The Nature Conservancy. 

Bath County has long been blessed with stunning scenery and the historic Homestead resort with club amenities superior to any other.  The stunning scenery, serenity and safety of Bath County have drawn discerning people to the Warm Springs Valley for generations.

Offered at $2,400,000 - $1,850,000


Front Entry

Formal Living Room

Formal Dining Room

Master Suite

Original Log Core Family Room

Large Kitchen, Plentiful Storage

Guest Bedroom 1

Guest Bedroom 2

Log Guest Cottage

Stable with Five Room Apartment above

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