"Working with rural communities is my passion.   A love for living the old ways runs in the family and a reverence for historic preservation underscores my mission. I was born in South Dakota, with my growing up years in Southern Maryland tobacco country along the Patuxent River.  A favorite pastime was photographing historic homes and visiting rural downtowns. After college and managing a construction business in McLean, Virginia my family happily escaped to Ocracoke Island North Carolina in 2003.

On Ocracoke, I was drawn-in by the historic charm and stories of the past where families and fishing were gold. It was here that I dove into the nonprofit world for 12 years.  

Missing cornfields, tobacco barns, and rural scenery I purchased a small farm in Williamston, NC to serve as a part-time back-to-nature retreat. Then in 2016, I  made the move inland.  I enjoy living close to nature and following the old-ways as much as possible in this internet age - with only a kitchen sink and a claw foot tub for running water; no heat or a/c; a wood stove for cooking and an abundance of farm animals. Our current project is restoring a late 1890's cow barn into a kitchen with a traditional open hearth for cooking and adding a second cabin for a Trading Post for authentically made wares and classes.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to live and work in the Eastern NC countryside surrounded once again by farms, trees and tractors."

cabin.jpg
IMG_20211225_114916794.jpg
IMG_20210809_075805294.jpg