Bracketts Farm in central Virginia dates from the late 18th century and lies in the heart of the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District.
Run by the Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Charitable Foundation, the goal is to encourage sustainable and responsible stewardship of land in a deep historical tradition.
The farm serves as a focus for the Green Springs National Historic District which encompasses over 14,000 acres in the piedmont of central Virginia. It is a gateway to other areas within the district -- mostly comprised of large family farms, their fields and intermitent woodlots and ponds. The homes and farms are a continuum of Virginia rural vernacular architecture, reflective and respectful of their location, preserved in their original context with little alteration. Here the landscape has been enhanced, rather than despoiled, by the presence of civilization.
Bracketts has practical as well as historical value. The Bracketts Charity Garden was planted in 2010 and supplies fresh produce for the Louisa Food Pantry and other charitible organizations; it also provides an opportunity for local Community Service. See our Facebook page for reports on its progress.