Henry Blair Farm

Sharon Blair Tolbert
Owner
sbt4blairfarm@aol.com
1882 Cove Mountain Lane
Lenoir, NC 28645

Phone: 828-850-7034

Mission

New River Clean-Up, Organic farming activities, Research on the History of the Farm, Structures and grounds maintenance/work, Spring box clean-out and rebuilding, Website creation, Building reconstruction projects.The remaining 9 acre tract of the Henry Blair Farm on Deerfield Rd is home to Boone's four oldest structures. The Blair House and three surviving farm buildings were built in 1844 by Henry Blair (1806-1891) and his wife Mary Steele (1806-1890), to homestead on the banks of "three forks of the New River." The farm is owned by their great, great granddaughter, Sharon Blair Tolbert and her husband Byron. Their multifaceted goal for the farm's future includes restoration and maintenance of the buildings and those elements that make it a rare example of period architecture and early Watauga county agricultural history.

The farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in August, 2008. Blair Farm became a certified organic farm in September, 2009 and is in the application process to become a Century Farm. The Tolbert's hope the farm will be enjoyed and used for community activities, learning and leisure. The owners want to share the rich, diverse history of the life of the historic "three forks" area and the Blair Farm. Through discussions and hands-on experiences the farm offers wonderful educational opportunities in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, agriculture, and architecture.

Clientele/Populations Served

People of all ages

Available Programs

New River Clean-Up, Organic farming activities, Research on the History of the Farm, Structures and grounds maintenance/work, Spring box clean-out and rebuilding, Website creation, Building reconstruction projects.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Set up an archaeological dig
  • Clean and maintain the yard, river, and spring.
  • Clean and organize oubuildings on the farm (old barn, grainery, etc.)
  • Research the life and activities of Henry Blair for historical purposes
  • Create an interactive, informative website
  • Reconstruct old buildings