Fearrington Village Revisited


Fearrington Village, North Carolina

Fearrington Village, a mixed-use community consisting of houses, shops, restaurants, an Inn, farm, gardens, and spa located between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, North Carolina, is quickly becoming my favorite local destination.

Reminiscent of a small English village, Fearrington, (pronounced FAIR-ington), is home to such national notables as The Fearrington House Inn and The Fearrington House Restaurant.

Since my first visit to Fearrington back in December of last year, I’ve become a veritable Village evangelist, singing its praises and seeking to bring others into its fold. Whether it’s Sunday brunch at The Fearrington Granary, coffee or light fare at The Goat, a stroll through Jenny’s garden, or a stop by Dovecote boutique to greet presiding doves Myles and Buster, the time spent at Fearrington is always charming, relaxing, and memorable.


The Fearrington Granary Restaurant is, as you may have guessed by the name, a former granary turned restaurant. Try their down-to-earth-yet-subtly-gourmet fried chicken, baked macaroni, broccolini and homemade buttermilk ranch dip. It’s my favorite!


Here, I’m with my nephew in what is referred to as Jenny’s Garden, which is located adjacent to The Fearrington House Inn. The garden is named after the late Jenny Fitch, who with her husband R.B Fitch, purchased Fearrington Farm in 1973 and began to develop it into the community that it is today. (Fearrington Village, NC; photo credit: L. Morrison)


Want an out-of-this-world-beautiful wedding reception? Consider the Fearrington Village barn. Original to the property, this barn has been converted into a spectacular social gathering place. (Fearrington Village, North Carolina)

During a visit to Fearrington on a drizzly afternoon, (yesterday, in fact, as I write this post), I stepped into The Goat for some Maple View ice cream. Two scoops in a waffle cone later, I was perched upstairs tapping my feet to some live bluegrass music and downing some Butter Pecan.


Live music can be heard regularly at The Roost–an outdoor meeting place beside The Goat–(or in this case, inside The Goat when it’s raining). — Pictured here are The Boys from North Carolina Bluegrass and Country Band. 8/2/14


Stop by The Goat and purchase a fluffy version of Fearrington’s signature breed, the Beltie cow,–or, if you have an aversion to owning stuffed animals as I do–(sorry Beltie!)–just smile and talk nicely to one before continuing ’round the Village.

The barnyard is a big hit with the children. The Fearrington Village farm is a working farm that is home to both Belted Galloway cows (Belties for short, because of the white band around the middle of their otherwise dark bodies), and Tenessee Fainting goats, which I think look like Beltie goats. They have white bands around their middles, too!  …I’ve even seen a donkey once in the pasture.


A Beltie cow seeks shade under a tree while a Tennessee Fainting goat waits expectantly for a carrot. (Fearrington Village, North Carolina)

During one Saturday morning visit, a Fearrington Village farmer asked my nephew if he wanted to help him feed the Tennessee Fainting goats.  Boy, did he!


Feeding the Tennessee Fainting goats at Fearrington Village, North Carolina


Oh, yes! I fed the goats at Fearrington Village, too! (photo credit: B. Sullivan)


Here, a Fearrington Village farmer points to why these goats are called Fainting goats–they have a hereditary genetic disorder called myotonia congenita which causes the younger goats to stiffen up and fall over. The older goats learn to spread their legs and stay upright when the stiffness sets in. –Fearrington Village, NC


After my nephew fed the goats, the Fearrington Village farmer taught him how to crank the hand pump and wash his hands farm style. (photo credit: L. Morrison)

On yet another visit to the Village–this time for Sunday brunch–a lady enlisted my nephew’s help to feed the goats a bag of carrots and sweet peppers.


My nephew reaches carefully through the electric fence to feed a hungry Tennessee Fainting goat at Fearrington Village in North Carolina.


A funny face-to-face at The Fearrington Village farm in North Carolina

Come rain or come shine, it’s not hard to love Fearrington Village.

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