Here is a sneak peak into Williams Run, our new low-maintenance community, and Eagle Ridge, our exclusive half acre home site community. These two neighborhoods will be near to each other, and the land has quite a story to tell. Our other low-maintenance community is Summerset, and as we were all brain-storming for names for this newest community, Tom finally arrived at Williams Run, which was nowhere near what we were discussing! After he explained things a bit, it all made sense, and the name fits the area absolutely perfectly. Read below to learn a little history on the land, received by Beth Williams Willard and Barbara Williams Drudge.
The land has been in their family for approximately 80 years. Three generations have loved and farmed the land. When Beth and Barbara’s father, Raymond Williams, returned home from serving in the Army during World War II, he and their mother, Norma, joined their grandparents, Hansel and Hazel, to farm the land.
Their house was on the same gravel road as their grandparents, which was located approximately one mile north. There were no other homes on the road back then. They herded beef cattle down the road from their grandparent’s farm to their, and they never lost one!
They had to deal with trying times over the years : The Great Depression, rationing of food and gas, and machinery breaking down. Their father lost some fingers in a farming accident early into a harvest season and was unable to harvest the crops. Farmers from all over the country showed up to harvest the crops!
They also had a dairy farm during that time. Milking was done early in the morning, often in the dark. They would feed pigs and chickens, gather eggs, plant or harvest, work in their garden, and milk the cows again. Truly a special time in history.
Their land yielded corn, soybeans, hay and straw. They also had a walnut tree that they would pick from and their great grandpa would store them in the cold back porch. When spring rolled around, he would take his hammer, crack the shells to get to the walnuts to be used for eating or baking.
Another special thing about this land is that Native Americans lived their before the Williams family. Beth and Barbara’s father would hunt for arrowheads as a boy, and he found many in the fields. They continue this tradition on Thanksgiving Day with their own families.
In their own words :
We have loved this land and been so blessed to have taken care of it, as it has in turn, taken care of our families for many years. We hold many memories dear to our hearts. Although it is hard to sell, the time has come that we must. We are so moved the Joyner Family wants to develop the land and our hope is they will honor the land, the way our family has done. We hope many families will continue caring for the land and making beautiful family memories on Williams Run and Eagle Ridge.
Wow, what a wonderful piece of history! Stay tuned to hear more on these communities. Be sure to join the VIP list to be the first to know when things are moving forward.