Up until this point, Heritage Farm has been a destination for lovers of history and Appalachian culture. The farm has always offered a variety of ways to experience the past, appreciate the present, and dream for the future. Part of our dream for the future is to add programming, installations, and facilities that will allow people to explore the natural history of Appalachia and engage in its conservation.
Our new “Wild Heritage” nature and wildlife education series, launched summer 2018, began our growth in this direction. Visitors have had the opportunity to engage in activities such as making their own bird feeders, going on nature hikes, learning about the butterfly life cycle, building bat boxes, and planting flowers for pollinators.
This is all only the beginning. The current footprint of the historical village is only 50 acres out of the total 750 acres that are owned by the Heritage Farm Foundation. Almost all of this land is forested and has amazing potential for unparalleled nature programming that is not available anywhere else in the tri-state area. Our ever-expanding village now has a BRAND NEW Nature Center with live animals native to Appalachia for guests to see and learn about, and a BRAND NEW treetop trek of canopy bridges to survey the skies of the forest and the wildlife that calls our hills their home.