FORK FARM & STABLES

$20,000,000

Norwood, NC

1,444± Deeded Acres

The Fork Farm is an exceptional 1,444± acre sporting property in the North Carolina Piedmont. It offers end-of-the-road privacy in the truest sense and is flanked by the Rocky and Pee Dee Rivers, which join at the southern end of the property to form “The Fork”. Outstanding natural resources provide the foundation for the farm’s diverse uses, which range from working crop land, competition-level sporting clay courses, productive hunting programs, and world class equestrian facilities. There are few properties in the Southeast that combine such wide-ranging pursuits, and even fewer that do it on the same level as The Fork.  

  SOLD  

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Broker's Comment

The Fork is the type of the property that resonates with anyone who loves land and the outdoors. Its scenery and natural resources are apparent, but dig deeper and the seller’s meticulous planning and execution becomes clear. This is the only place I’ve seen upland bird habitat seamlessly integrated within an Olympic-level cross country course. It’s rewarding to be involved in the sale of such a unique property, and we’re excited to see the new owners begin the next chapter of this exceptional farm.

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In addition to being a best-in-class recreational property The Fork is the most efficient use of sporting and working lands I’ve seen. Not an inch of the property has been overlooked, and the farm is a masterclass in long-term planning and land management.

Broker's Comments

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In addition to being a best-in-class recreational property The Fork is the most efficient use of sporting and working lands I’ve seen. Not an inch of the property has been overlooked, and the farm is a masterclass in long-term planning and land management.

Broker's Comments

In addition to being a best-in-class recreational property The Fork is the most efficient use of sporting and working lands I’ve seen. Not an inch of the property has been overlooked, and the farm is a masterclass in long-term planning and land management.

Broker's Comments

History

The Fork boasts a rich history. It begins with “The Fork” itself, where the Rocky River joins the Pee Dee River. Strategic positions like these have always been prime real estate, and for thousands of years, this site has attracted people of all cultures, occupations, and walks of life. Evidence of this history reveals itself in sunken carriage roads, Native American fish weirs, and vestiges of the Revolutionary War.

 

The Cheraw tribe of the Siouan Nation is thought to have been the first human inhabitants of the area around The Fork. Later, during the 15th and 16th centuries, Native Americans from the Pee Dee River valley migrated up the river from South Carolina, settling in the area and replacing the previous Siouan inhabitants and culture.

 

In the mid-1700s, European settlers began moving to the Southern Piedmont, and records from 1748 recognize the Colson family as the first large scale landowners in the area. In 1771, Anson County (of which Stanly County was then a part of) issued John Colson a permit to operate an “ordinary”, or inn, where food, drink, and lodging were available to travelers. The Ordinary was described as a large, two-storied log structure with a space between two sections of the building wide enough for a carriage to drive between – a large “saddle bag” log cabin. Records show that this “ordinary” was the first licensed tavern in North Carolina and was located along the King’s Highway, most likely on the present-day Fork Farm. Sections of the King’s Highway still exist and farm visitors can walk and ride the sunken roadway much as they would have 250 years ago. Records exist of a Revolutionary War battle, and there is ample evidence to suggest that George Washington may well have been a guest at Colson’s on a tour of The South.

When the Colsons owned The Fork, it’s likely the land was mostly forested with dense hardwoods. However, beginning in the early 19th century, owners and farmers cleared portions of the land to grow crops such as corn, cotton, and soybeans, which aided in shaping the land as it is today. Additionally, those who grew crops logged the hardwoods periodically without any type of systematic program for renewal.

The Fork began its most recent chapter in 1999 when the current owner purchased the property. Today’s version continues to draw on the history and uses that came before it, albeit with significantly different focuses and sustainable land management practices.