History of the Farm
The foundation is laid.
William Sudderth purchased three hundred acres on the South Fork of the Hardware River, in an area then known as "The Little Mountains of South Garden", and built a stone foundation into the crest of a hill overlooking the river. The home site is carefully selected to catch the cool river breezes and winter sun shining through ash trees. At this time, the future site of Charlottesville is still a Monacan tribal village.
The Suddarth family built a mill in 1800 which would service the area for decades to come, processing both grain and lumber.
The 20th Century
The farm gets its name.
In 1908 a map simply referred to the farm as "The Old Place". Horse-drawn carriages rambled by on what was the Old Lynchburg Road, just a few dozen yards away. Over the years, the farm has been used for many things - cattle, goats, carriage repair...
In the 1950's, rabbits became the farm's new business venture, the name "The Arrows" was born, and a sign out front with a picture of a cartoon rabbit drawing a bow and arrow advertised to motorists along the newly built Route 29.
Cycles of life.
Regeneration. Renewal. Rebirth. These are the processes at work in the soil. They continue without a caretaker. But with a guiding hand, we can direct the full orchestra of soil life, from the microbes to the carrots. Return to the soil what has died, so that we may yet live. Listen to the old ways, so that we may know the way forward.
Choose your path. Follow your arrow.