Construction of the main house, "Mountain View", began in the mid 1700's as a one room, two and a half story structure. The property was part of the 1733 Charles Burgess land grant. The first lease was granted to William Marshall, uncle of Chief Justice John Marshall, in 1765. In compliance with the lease agreement, the first 100 apple trees were planted on the site.
In August of 1812, Dr. Robert Stribling came to the area, known at that time as Farrowsville, to establish his practice. In 1819 he purchased the home and the surrounding 93 acres, which included the orchard. Over the years more land was purchased and the original structure underwent several additions.
The stone buildings adjacent to the main house included the Olde Kitchen, where all the family meals were prepared, the Smoke House which was used for smoking hams and storage of meats, and the Dairy where butter, cheeses, and other milk products were processed and stored. The log building was one of several used as quarters for the family servants.Â
These buildings are still used by the family household and are not open to the general public at this time.
In 1850 the construction of the railroad through Farrowsville disrupted the community tranquility and forced Dr. Robert Stribling to relocate his medical practice from the village to Mountain View. He built a frame building and used the first floor as a medical office that served the area through the early 1900's. The upper floor hosted the Masonic Lodge until the turn of the century.
During the Civil War, both the Union and Confederate armies used the railroad and parallel road. As troop movements intensified through Manassas Gap to the fighting in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, Mountain View was repeatedly used as officer's quarters by both sides.
Because of its proximity to the railroad, the farm's market for apples grew during the early 1900's. For years apples were picked, graded, and packed for shipment at an on-site packinghouse, many for export to Europe. The world market after WWII in conjunction with the rise of large corporate fruit production made exportation less economical. By 1950 the commercial market was highly competitive and the Striblings started the pick-your-own sales.
Kelly A. Walsh
Perfect place to take the friends and family for apple picking experience. The map was very helpful and the trees are marked to make it very easy to pick your favorite apples. There are around 15 types of apples and stocked. Apples were healthy. You can tell they do a good job caring for their crops year round as the product was consistent health wise. It could not have been easier. Hot food and hot baked goods (apple pie, hot cinnamon donuts, breads, butters and cider) at reasonable prices. We will Definitely go back.
Nice historic place. No entrance fee. You can drive your vehicle up into the orchard without much issue. The map they give you is not much help. Trees aren't marked, so if you can't ID the different apples- there are no signs to tell you. However, there are bulk picked and sorted apples for sale at checkout if you need a specific kind. I saw people having picnics with camp chairs in the orchard. That looked nice to do as well. I'd give higher rating if the orchard was better marked.
Lots of apples and varieties. It's nice that you can drive up to the trees. Not much for kids to do other than apple picking, which we finished in less than an hour. The baked goods were delicious. Bathrooms were clean and the grounds well maintained.
Wow! My first apple picking experience and what a BLAST! Super organized maps so you know the variety of apple tree that your picking from. What a lovely family outing! They also have a store where you can buy pies, cider, apple butter and more. You can also just buy apples if you aren't into picking them yourself.
Doug Brown K
You can drive into the actual orchard and park in designated parking spots for those who don't like to hike from one end of the orchard to the other. There are outhouses conveniently located throughout the orchard. They have yard boxes with cool arm extenders tools that will help you reach the higher apples. Lastly, the regster person always lets you know if it'd be cheaper paying the per pound price or the per qty price.