Barn at Edgewood ~ A Place to Gather
by Scott & Julie Winslow July 9, 2018
Edgewood Farm was established by Dr. Robert Beazley in 1884. It is nestled on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greene County, just north of Charlottesville, Virginia. It has been a working farm ever since. Edgewood became home to the Winslows in 1978, when Bob and Fran, Scott’s parents, retired from their home in Long Island, NY. They were drawn to Central Virginia for its peaceful tranquility and beautiful mountain views. Edgewood Farm had it all, including cows. It was love at first sight when we met in 1983. We were quickly engaged and asking to be married outdoors by the farm house. Views of the Blue Ridge, still lush green from summer, made a perfect wedding backdrop on September 22nd, 1984. Three babies later, we were blessed with the opportunity to move our young family to Edgewood when our help was needed on the farm.
By 2013 we had raised cattle, goats, chickens, pigs, and most importantly, our precious children. Scott decided the old metal barn by the pond had served its purpose and needed to be replaced. He and our neighbor, architect Ed Yensho, sat down with pencil and paper and put shape to his dream barn. They composed a building with large equipment facilities complete with grand doors at either end allowing tractors and hay wagons full access. Multiple storage bays were added on both sides. A second story was sketched in for two one bedroom, full kitchen, plus laundry, loft apartments. Sadly, the animals were moved off the farm as the building began.
In the summer of 2014 our daughter and future son-in-law were engaged. They asked for an outdoor fall wedding, when the changing leaves would be in full color. They envisioned a ceremony by the pond with the reception in the new barn! Just a little rearrangement of the bays for rest rooms, a small catering kitchen, and some decor to enhance the interior converted the space into a perfect wedding venue.
Ultimately the apartments were finished as spacious rentals that naturally doubled as suites for a bride and groom to prepare for their big day. Our close proximity to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virignia, Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails, popular vineyards, and breweries made our decision to list on Airbnb an easy choice.
Meanwhile with the help of Dyke Builders, Scott was able to build his equipment barn. It is up the hill from the party barn and it just might make it possible to bring a few animals back to Edgewood Farm someday.
Our daughter’s wedding took place in October of 2015 full circle from our first ceremony when we were married on the farm in 1984. The Barn at Edgewood has become a place for special memories hosting numerous weddings, reunions, graduation parties and gatherings. The Riverside and Fieldside Loft apartments have welcomed travelers from near and far. It has been our honor and pleasure to be part of every event and sojourn. We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.
Julie and Scott Winslow Owners