The Balch House, Barn, & More Eastwood's Charming History

You may think we’re just like all the other venues in Northern Virginia, but one visit to Eastwood will persuade you otherwise. Eastwood has organically grown into its new identity because it was never specifically designed to be a public venue location. Eastwood always held a special place in the heart of its owner, Reta Rodgers, who originally owned the farm in the early 1990s before selling it a few years later. For nearly twenty years, Eastwood’s manor home, gardens, and barns were neglected and reached a dangerous state of disrepair. It even almost became a 100+ home subdivision at one point!

When Mrs. Rodgers was presented with the opportunity to repurchase her old love, she seized it with both hands and commenced to lovingly and meticulously restoring it from its state of severe disrepair. It took more than four years with the hearts and souls of master craftsmen poured into every board, nail, and stone that exists at Eastwood today. The passion and talent that was put into the Balch house, barn, and more makes Eastwood such a special location.  Eastwood represents a place of pride for those who worked to restore her back to her glory, but more importantly, it’s an integral part of Fauquier County’s history and we feel the responsibility and desire to share that with you. 

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Eastwood is owned and managed by the Rodgers family. We have been part of Fauquier County for more than 40 years and are currently raising the third generation of children here. Virginia history has always been a passion of the matriarch of the family, Reta, also known as Mom “R” by the grandchildren. With Mom R’s boundless appreciation of all things historical, she set out to restore Eastwood back to its rightful place among the fine Fauquier County estates of yesteryear.

Alongside her longtime friend and master craftsman, Ken Foster, and his son, Ben, the three took on what we call their “honorable duty” of preserving some of northern Virginia’s finest history. Ken, a virtual walking encyclopedia of historical knowledge, has literally taken original structures from various parts of Virginia and resurrected them at Eastwood. Brick by brick and stone by stone, these dwellings once again stand strong where history is appreciated. With so many unique and versatile settings, we knew inviting people to hold special events at Eastwood and sharing it with family and friends would be the perfect way to celebrate all the beauty it has to offer.

The Manor House

Sitting on its original 1815 footprint, the Manor House has been fully restored back to a 1930 original blueprint. The classic Virginia farmhouse style home welcomes visitors back to yesteryear with its lovely formal dining room complete with original Zubert wallpaper and two sitting rooms affectionately referred to as the library and the lounge. This home is an ideal spot for an elegant bridal suite, intimate dinner parties, and corporate board meetings.

The Sycamore Springs House

The 1 ½ story Sycamore Springs House was recommissioned and attached to serve as the current kitchen and office to the Manor House. An absolute gem of a structure, its existence was nearly lost forever. It was only discovered accidentally, as it was literally encased within the walls of another home, the Ball-Shumate House. It was located here in Fauquier County and set to be demolished. Fascinatingly, research proved its deed to be the 135 recorded transaction in the Fauquier County Courthouse. We knew it was something special to behold. In its classic 18th century two-room, center breezeway style, it was the perfect look to compliment the Manor House.

The Balch House

The Balch House is a true, historically precise restoration of a 235 year old home that once stood in adjacent Prince William County and was occupied by Reverend Thomas Bloomer Balch and his family. Visitors marvel at its structure and style with its new location placed perfectly among the gardens at Eastwood. It is ideal for small educational seminars or corporate meetings.

The Willow Green Granary

The granary is a fascinating, four-story stone building beautifully situated on the hillside overlooking the stables, horse pastures, Manor House, and barn. Its history ties it back to neighboring Prince William County where it served as a granary, apple brandy distillery, and a shelter for women and children during the civil war’s Battle of Bull Run. More recently, it was literally dismantled stone by stone, transported to Eastwood, and reconstructed precisely to its original state. Its rental is available on a case-by-case basis.

The Smoke House

This 19th century, all-stone structure was originally used to cure meats from a local family farm situated in neighboring Prince William County, Virginia. Each stone was lovingly broken down piece by piece and reassembled here at Eastwood. The charm it brings to the landscape at Eastwood compliments the historic feel so well that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t always here.

The Barn

The barn is currently under restoration and will be completed in February 2017. This partially indoor, partially outdoor venue is repurposed from a 1930s stanchion dairy barn. Upstairs, we have captured the traditional barn-style “loft” that can host up to 120 seated guests, complete with original plank floors and gambrel roof line. The lower level mirrors the upstairs footprint, but adds another 1,000 square feet of indoor space that is accessible through sliding barn doors, creating space to comfortably host 150 guests. Adjacent to the lower level, we have a cozy outdoor patio space complete with a charming granite water sphere, outdoor stone fireplace, and a repurposed grain storage silo that serves as permanent bar. This truly is one very unique barn!

The Gazebo Garden

The gazebo garden is a lovely, stone-walled garden space featuring a charming, clematis-covered gazebo that anchors one corner. It boasts numerous plants and flowers orchestrated to exhibit vibrant colors throughout the entire blooming season. It is a beautiful location for a ceremony, with the gazebo being a popular but not exclusive choice for couples to exchange vows. It can also function as an ideal area for a reception, cocktail party, or even a space for social events and outdoor meetings for those seeking something truly unique. The garden can comfortably host 160 seated guests.

The Urn Garden

This boxwood-lined garden “room” hosts a variety of plants and flowers. Just like its adjacent garden (gazebo), it too displays color throughout the entire growing season. Squared around the centerpiece of a historic sculpted urn, this space completes a naturally stunning backdrop for receptions, ceremonies, or outdoor social events. The urn garden can accommodate more than 175 guests. They will be surely impressed with the color and fragrances this lush oasis has to offer.

The Stonelea Site

The Stonelea site is a spacious, grassed area outlined by historic boxwoods transplanted from a well-known estate here in Fauquier County. The original Stonelea estate no longer exists, but a part of it will live forever now that these precious boxwoods have a permanent home here at Eastwood. This site is very versatile, offering itself to large parties, receptions, and outdoor meetings, with the added perk of a gorgeous countryside backdrop. The space can host as many as 250.

The Clover Hill Suite

The suite contains a bedroom, kitchen, bath, washer and dryer set, and living room. It is suitable for a bridal party or groomsmen who wish to prepare for the big day at Eastwood. It features an Italianate round window salvaged from a historic home named Clover Hill in Culpeper County, which was occupied by General George Custer and his bride during the civil war’s campaigns of Brandy Station. This quaint space has all the history and charm of our other spaces and offers the personal feeling of being at home.

The Summer Kitchen

This piece of history is a restored building that’s original to the Eastwood property and now serves as an artist’s studio and potting shed. Although small in size, it is remarkable in style and construction. It contains materials from old Fauquier and Prince William County estates, and it boasts an original Ludowici tile floor reclaimed from an old cathedral in Pennsylvania. Its rental is available on a case-by-case basis depending on needs.

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