The Historic Mountain Laurel Farm: A Beautiful Venue for Many Occasions
Apr 27, 2016 01:53PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
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About the FarmThe unparalleled natural beauty of Historic Mountain Laurel Farm is a perfect backdrop for your best day ever or getaway to the mountains. Couples seeking simple country elegance will find it here with their unique venue. Or, if seeking a relaxing weekend, Mountain Laurel farm has a Bed and Breakfast Inn that's sure to satisfy.
The Historic Farmhouse and Barn provide a rustic and romantic backdrop for your special occasion or weekend getaway. The Farmhouse is 100 years old this year and provides old-fashioned southern charm. The barn dates back to 1880s and was recently renovated with all the amenities that could accommodate any event. There is even a creek with a bridge leading to their organic garden, which will soon be ready for Farm-to-Table suppers and providing yet another versatile backdrop.
Some Star-Studded History
Mountain Laurel Farm was also beloved by actress Susan Hayward and she stayed at the Farm on several occasions while filming the movie "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain". In fact, the bridal suite in the farmhouse is named after Mrs. Hayward!
It's picturesque landscape has been a favorite of many on lookers and was featured in Virgina Slims "You've Come Along Way Baby" campaign by the Leo Burnett Agency in New York.
About the Owners The William Jerry Lothridge family are the current owners of the farm. (Jerry, Shirley and their 2 daughters Darla and Melody). Jerry purchased the property from his parent's William Grady and Mildred Pardue Lothridge in the early 70s to be closer to the RV camp resort that he built and developed next door (now called Mountain Lakes Resort). The farm was his parent's summer home and they purchased the property from Ernest and Mary Lyod.
Melody is the youngest daughter of Jerry and Shirley Lothridge and the operator of the The Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn. After visiting many Inns during her travels, as well as speaking with the innkeepers (mostly retired couples) she decided that this line of work was the perfect fit, and opted to do it now rather than waiting until retirement. The Farm Bed and Breakfast opened in the fall of 2014, and Melody has happily been its operator ever since!