Stout Grove is my future home. It’s a 10-acre piece of land that my husband and I bought in March of 2012 outside of Fayetteville, WV. When we bought the property, it was originally a 20-acre piece which we split with another couple, two really good friends of ours. Just a few months later an adjacent 5-acre property went on the market and was bought by another guy we quickly became friends with. Between the five of us, our six dogs and our 25-acres, we plan to make our “Compound” the best place to live.
When the property was purchased in March 2012, we had a bunch of land, a little stream and whole lot of 4-wheeler trails etched into the fields, forests and hillsides. At the start of this blog in January 2014, the Stout Grove side of the Compound had morphed into 10-acres with a 12’ X 16’ platform to camp on, a sawmill, a newly constructed barn, 16 fruit trees, 2 concord grape plants, 12 blueberry bushes and 8 hop mounds. And this is just the beginning.
Through this blog, I hope to carry my readers through the trials, tribulations and triumphs we will inevitably face. Feel free to learn from our mistakes and the other aspects we have mastered. While I want this to be a story of turning this once vacant piece of land into a home and learning ground, I also want to share recipes, photos and other home-steading experience with you all.
Please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, complaints or requests. StoutGroveWV@gmail.com