As we delve into the history of Old Town, its legacy today as a working farm cannot be understood without knowing its sister Farm at Sinking Creek. Sinking Creek is a place – literally the creek that flows gently through our farm in Virginia – periodically disappearing from the surface to traverse endless limestone caves. It is also a state of mind – a movement.  

Started by Tracy Frist, it has grown into a way to share the knowledge and the centeredness that unfolds from the land, the animals, the water, the trees and the nature to which we are stewards.  Located ten miles outside of New Castle in southwestern Virginia, the Farm at Sinking Creek captures the balance of nature in its cycle of birth to death, both rough in its winters and tender in its springs. Through the Farm, you will know the past legacy of an antebellum home where big-hearted spirits are still felt, past and present. And you will delight in a legacy of good people eager to share passions of horse breeding, organic grass-fed beef operations, goats used to shape the pastures and productive chickens.

Most especially you will know a herd of people who are eager to share their experiences with you while staying on the property in a unique “Farm Stay” experience. 

Biodiversity Tour at Sinking Creek – May 2021

Above Video: In the spring of 2021, The Farm at Sinking Creek gathered a diverse group of representatives to share their areas of expertise in conservation and learn from each other.  Attendees ranged from TNC global and regional leaders, high school teachers, college students, university professors, journalists, film producers, arborists, and landscape architects.  Over the course of two days, guests toured the farm to learn about Sinking Creek’s biodiversity, shared their personal research, and developed new partnerships.

“This part of the Appalachians is strung with gaps, which are small passes in the mountain front. Those with streams flowing through them are called water gaps. Sinking Creek is a prehistoric tributary running west into one of the oldest river systems in the world ironically called the ‘New’. The New River is the oldest river on the North American continent and second only to the Nile in Africa. It may have been on its present course for at least sixty-five million years and flows directly across the Appalachian Plateau, not around or from it, as most other streams of this region do. This river had to exist before the mountains formed as it has carved through more than ten-thousand feet (about two miles, 3.2km) of their strata.”