The Fork represents true end-of-the-road privacy, further accentuated by the major rivers that border it. The property was designed as a classic field sport estate and blends recreational components with a working farm. When the owner purchased the property in 1999, the sole land use was monoculture farming. However, two decades of careful planning and steady execution have changed that. Today’s Fork Farm honors its agricultural roots but has evolved into a much more complete property with diverse land uses, strong wildlife populations, and effective conservation practices.
The topography is surprisingly varied for this part of North Carolina and encompasses open upland ridges and fields, steep headlands, hardwoods and managed timber stands, extensive river frontage, and productive bottomland. The boundaries of the property roughly form the shape of a diamond, the top half of which is a gently rolling landscape well suited to equestrian uses, agriculture, and grazing. A portion of the lower half of the diamond features similar terrain before the land drops off and transitions to fertile floodplain. Numerous steep, wooded ravines and draws punctuate the change in topography.
The main house is the result of years of planning. It seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape and celebrates the Fork’s sporting lifestyle with elegant and comfortable living spaces. The LEED certified home (silver level) exemplifies craftsmanship and efficient design. The mostly one level house flows around a central great room with living and dining areas and a kitchen. Adjacent to that is a secondary prep kitchen and large mudroom. Beyond the great room, the floorplan transitions to more intimate spaces including a library, office, and expansive master suite. Downstairs there is a large family room with a full bar, as well as a wine cellar and precisely organized utility rooms.
The approximate combined square footage of the main house and guest house is:
Heated - 6,355 SF
Unheated - 921 SF
Other (porches, breezeway, etc) - 1,630 SF
Patios - 1,106 SF
The house, like the farm, emphasizes outdoor living and has a deep porch with an outdoor fireplace, accompanied by multiple seating and dining areas spread over an expansive patio. Just off of the lower level of the house is an attractive swimming pool surrounded by additional hardscaping and seating areas.
A breezeway connects the main house to the adjacent two-story guest house. The three bedrooms all have en suite bathrooms, and downstairs there is a kitchenette and laundry room.
The Fork Stables
The Fork Stables are an outstanding 12,100± square foot, full service, state-of-the-art equestrian facility. During the design process, the owner told his architect he wanted a first-class facility that could also accommodate a black-tie supper in the main aisle. Amazingly he and his team achieved exactly that. The center-aisle structure features 15 stalls, three wash racks, a veterinary lab, private office, laundry area, locker room, and a conference room with a gourmet kitchen.
Riding Arena & Cross Country Course
There are two all-weather arenas, built by Equestrian Surfaces Inc. The “Large Grande” arena is 80 X 110 meters (262’X360’) and the “Small Grande” arena is 50 X 90 meters (164’X295’). The footing is a combination of Eurofelt, stone dust, and RX rubber. There is also a 105’X238’ sand arena adjacent to the barn, as well as a 180’X285’ grass arena.
The Carriage House
The carriage house is a recently renovated 1,600± square foot, two-bedroom guest cottage. It is conveniently located next to the stables.
The Fork Lodge
The Fork Lodge is a 7,700± square foot guest lodge that accommodates The Fork’s overnight visitors. The Lodge has nine spacious and well-appointed guest rooms, all with private bathrooms. At the center of the Lodge is a shared common area with a comfortable seating area, full kitchen, and large fireplace that is perfect for gathering around after long days in the field. Outside, a deep porch lined with rocking chairs overlooks the surrounding paddocks.
“The Ordinary” (Gun Lodge)
The Ordinary is The Fork’s gun lodge and the center of the sporting clays and shooting program. The building is a wonderful nod to history and is modeled after The Colson Ordinary, a former stagecoach stop on the property that began operation in 1771.
Sporting Clays & Shooting Courses
There are two 14-station sporting clay courses at The Fork that cover a variety of wooded and open terrain. In addition, there is a covered five-stand and a 65-foot tower/flurry. All traps and target throwers are Promatic machines. The courses were originally designed by renowned shooting instructor John Higgins and updated over time by the current owner, an avid and accomplished shot.
Farm Buildings & Infrastructure
Farm operations are centered in two areas. The first is a 900± square foot office sited near the entrance that houses the clerical side of the farm. The second is a separate cluster of farm buildings for the maintenance operations. Among these structures is a 6,000± square foot heated and insulated building, efficiently designed for year-round equipment maintenance and storage. This area is also home to The Fork’s kennels.
Fiberoptic internet service was recently extended to The Fork. Fiber internet is not common in rural areas but is increasingly essential for today’s landowners and remote workplaces. The owner also extended municipal water to all of the buildings on the property, while the remainder of the farm’s operations are serviced by wells and an extensive irrigation system that draws from the river.
Temporary Stables & RV Hook-ups
For events and visiting equestrians, there are 32 temporary stalls totaling 8,000± square feet, along with 26 RV sites that have electrical and water hookups. These are located near the main gates but can also be reached by a separate entrance.
The Fork Farm measures 1,460± acres and covers a variety of terrain. Approximately 60 percent of the farm is wooded, comprised of a mixture of hardwoods, planted pine, and managed pine savanna. The remaining acreage is open and encompasses paddocks, fields, cropland, and native upland habitat. Elevations at The Fork vary from 200-350 feet above sea level. Within that range, the overwhelming majority of the land has a slope of less than 15 percent, making it ideal for any number of land uses or recreational pursuits.
Annual property taxes in 2020 were approximately $34,091.