Our Full Story
Barn at Edgewood a place to gather
Edgewood Farm was established in 1884 by Dr. Robert Beazley. The farm rests on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greene County, just north of Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1978, the Winslow’s moved to Edgewood from Long Island. They were naturally drawn to Central Virginia by its tranquility and beautiful mountain views.
Our story began when we met in 1983. It was love at first sight (or was it our second date?) Our plans to be married near the farmhouse began as soon as we were engaged! Views of High Top and Wyatt Mountains made the perfect backdrop for our outdoor wedding on September 22, 1984, in the yard by the 100-year-old farmhouse. A few short years and three babies later, we moved our young family to Edgewood.
For the next thirty years, we raised cows, goats, chickens, pigs, honey bees, cats, dogs, and most importantly, our precious children. As our farming continued, we eventually decided the old barn needed to be replaced. With help from friends and neighbors, Scott planned a beautiful, efficient building designed to house large farm equipment. It was complete with grand doors at either end, multiple bays on both sides, and a second-floor for future loft storage or apartments.
Around the summer of 2014, our daughter, Jane, and Ethan were engaged. They envisioned a ceremony near the pond with their reception held inside the new barn! Wait, what?? Just a slight rearrangement of the bays made space for two restrooms and a small catering kitchen. Large wooden beams and a rock fireplace were added.
The upstairs loft was transformed into two fully furnished apartments. Riverside & Fieldside then became two spacious overnight accommodations that naturally double as bridal suites. We list them on Airbnb when not hosting weddings. With our close proximity to Jefferson’s Monticello, University of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park, and numerous vineyards and breweries, guests have many adventures to explore. Our handsome, functional barn was quickly transformed into a stunning wedding venue. Thus, Barn at Edgewood was born.
We have since been blessed with many couples who have chosen our humble farm as their wedding site. In the summer of 2019, we were thrilled when our eldest son, Bobby, and his beautiful bride, McKenna, were married under the old red oak.
During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, we were able to host a few, yet smaller, weddings, and we took the extra time to renovate our guest Cottage next door to the farmhouse. The Cottage now serves as our third overnight accommodation, and it, unlike Riverside and Fieldside, is on ground level and handicap friendly!
Barn at Edgewood has indeed become a place to gather and create special memories. When not hosting weddings, reunions, graduation parties, memorial services and picnics have been enjoyed. The Cottage, Riverside, and Fieldside apartments welcome travelers from near and far. It has been an honor and pleasure to be part of every wedding, event, and sojourn. Lord willing, we plan to continue this tradition for many years to come.
Julie & Scott Winslow | November 2021