Secluded mountain farm with everything you need to "get back to the land"

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.645.7674


Sassafras Mountain Farm is a 141 acre country property offering everything you need to “get back to the land”.   With about 12 acres in fields and the remainder in mature forestland, this mountain farm includes seasonal streams, spring, woodland pond, owner-built farmhouse, barn, garden areas and plenty of space to roam.

The 121 acres of forest is lush with many old growth trees and has not had any timbering activity in over 40 years. The capital Timber Value of the timber and pulpwood is approximately  $102,581.77 as of February 2015.

Secluded yet accessible, Sassafras Mountain Farm is located just one mile from WV Rt. 3, the Greenbrier River and is accessed by a paved county road the ends just half a mile further up the mountain.  The surrounding mountainside forms a self-contained watershed featuring seasonal streams, a woodland pond and a stone-lined spring.  Two fenced gardens total about a quarter acre. With about 12 acres open, the remainder is in upland second growth mixed forestland, which the owners estimate has not been harvested in 100 years.  Of the 12 acres open, about 5 acres currently used as hayfields is tillable ground and could be used for growing other crops with the remaining 7 +/- acres in mountain pasture.

Nearby Hinton is the county seat with grocery stores, places to eat, banks and the court house. Summers County Hospital is just down the road. Within 10 minutes you can have access to New River plus the 2,000 acre Bluestone Lake. The Willowood Country Club and Golf Course is just across the river, too. The nearby Groundworks Garden Center offers hundreds of different plants throughout the year including herbs, fruits, vegetables, perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs.

To help you start “living off the land”, Sassafras Mountain Farm has two gardens.  The front garden is approximately 40’ by 180’ with apple trees, blueberries and raspberries.  The rear garden is about 1,000 square feet with established beds.  Both gardens are surrounded by deer fence and are serviced by three freeze-proof water hydrants.

The farm has several seasonal streams and a woodland pond.  A spring has been developed as a supplemental water source for the home.

The barn is a pole frame barn and is featured in Barns of Summers County by Phyllis Campbell Whitley.  The barn has electricity and a freeze proof water hydrant and the center area has a raised wooden floor has been used as a workshop.  Each side has a dirt floor and stalls.  The barn has adjacent pens on three sides and the adjoining hillside pasture is fenced with box wire.

Additional structures on the property include two open wood/tool sheds and an additional small cabin with electricity that was used for making stained glass windows in the past.


Custom-Designed, Owner Built
Frame 2-Story Home with Basement
Approx. 2700 sq. ft.
Year Built: 1975, 1981, 1997

Total Finished Sq. Ft. – 2150 +/-
Main Floor Sq. Ft. – 1250 +/-
Upper Floor Sq. Ft. – 900 +/-
Basement Sq. Ft. – 550 +/-

Rooms: 9
Bedrooms: 5
Total Bathrooms: 2
Full Bathrooms: 2

Garage Type: 1-Car  Carport Attached

Foundation:  Concrete
Roof: Asphalt Shingles, Asphalt Rolled, Metal
Date of Roof: Late 1990’s, 2012, 1980’s
Floor: Hardwood, Tile, Vinyl, Concrete, Plywood
Heat: Forced Air, Wood & Oil Furnace, Fireplace, Wood stove
Air Conditioning: None

Items to Convey: Refrigerator, Ashley wood stove, washer, dryer, 2 wall-mounted LP gas heaters

The owner-built farmhouse is custom designed, and offers a rustic, imaginative, sun filled and comfortable home.   The living space is 2150 +/- square feet plus a large basement.  The first phase was constructed in 1975 and the western addition put up in 1984.

The main level features an open plan five-sided layout, optimizing solar exposure.  The kitchen, dining and living areas are all open with oak floors.  The kitchen is set up for LP gas cooking.  This level also includes an airlock entry, two partially finished rooms, and an attached one-story addition bonus room which can also be used as a main level bedroom.  Attached is an oversized enclosed carport which has been framed for a garage door.  In front is a large deck with a small deck and large concrete patio in the rear.  The concrete patio is large and has been used for playing basketball.

The second level offers four bedrooms, one with adjoining office/dressing area and private balcony, and a ¾ bath.  Floors are pine and maple.

The basement has concrete floors and walls with an unfinished ceiling.  A large full bathroom included an antique cast iron tub and an oversized tiled shower.  The attached earth-sheltered greenhouse was built in 1980.

Forced air heat comes from a multi-fuel furnace that burns wood or oil and has two thermostats.  The main living area next to the kitchen has a large stone fireplace with a Heatilator insert.  The main room also has a wall-mounted LP gas heater if you just want to “take the chill off” in the morning.  The bonus room/ main level bedroom also has a wood stove chimney and a wall-mounted gas heater.


East Woodrumtown Road
Hinton, WV 25951

Latitude: ­­ 37.6377518
Longitude:  080.8157315W

Elevation Range: 1,730’ – 2,655’


Nearby Hinton is the county seat and local hub with restaurants, hardware store, bank, courthouse and plenty of history.  Throughout the year you can experience the West Virginia Water Festival, Railroad Days, Festival of the River, and John Henry Days.  The official site of Hinton is a wealth of information:  Also, just down the road is the Groundworks Nursery, a well-known regional garden center where you can find all kinds of plants and flowers including fruit trees for starting that orchard you have been dreaming about.

For any medical needs, the Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital is just 10 minutes up the road.

Sassafras Mountain Farm is located within 45 minutes of Beckley, Princeton and Lewisburg. Just minutes to Sandstone Falls, the 2,000 acre Bluestone Lake, the 80,000 acre New River Gorge National Park, Pipestem Resort and Bluestone State Park, the surrounding area offers unlimited recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing.  In fact, golfing is available 5 minutes away at the Willowood  Country Club.  Snow skiing at the Winterplace Resort is 45 minutes. In ten minutes you can catch the Amtrak train in Hinton and ride to the Greenbrier Resort, Chicago or New York City. The Beckley Airport is just 45 minutes away. The new 10,000 acre Boy Scout high adventure camp is an hour’s drive and the 14,000 acre Wildlife Management Area is just across the river at Bull Falls.

The Greenbrier River is 173 miles long and is the last free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. It is an excellent river to float or canoe and is well known for its large and small mouth bass fishing. It is the gateway to water recreation and fun and is at most times lazy and easy to navigate. The Greenbrier River joins the New River in the town of Hinton, West Virginia.

The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C. and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Small-mouth bass, large-mouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.

Bluestone Lake is over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water. Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632 acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.


Electric: On property
Water: Well and Developed Spring.  The well is complemented with a gravity fed spring and a  2,000 gallon rainwater cistern which are all plumbed into the home.  Water is heated  with an electric hotwater tank and in the winter the water could be preheated by the furnace  which would enable hot and cold water to flow in the winter even when the electricity is out.
Sewer: Septic
Telephone: On property
Cell phone Coverage: very good in most places
Internet: HuhesNet Satellite or wireless mobile broadband air card
Television: DISH or DirecTV satellite


Summers County
Greenbrier District
Tax Map 11, Parts of Parcels and 35, 37 and 37.5
Tax Map 14, Parts of Parcels 26 and 26.3
Tax Map 15, Part of Parcel 57

Deed Book 246, Page 626,
Deed Book 150, Page 216
Deed Book 172, Page 246

2013 Taxes: $ 483  {Property will be reassessed after sale}

Property surveyed in May 2013 by David Holtz, Licensed Surveyor.

At this time, Summers County has no zoning.  Permits for drilling a water well or installing a septic system need to be obtained from the Summers County Health Department.


The distinguishing features of Sassafras  Mountain Farm’s timber resource include its unusually high hardwood sawtimber and pole stocking with a basal area/ acre of 120. This stocking is well above average for the region. This well managed timber resource can provide a great deal of flexibility to the next ownership in terms of potential harvest revenue and can be managed to provide cash flow opportunities to offset holding cost and long-term asset appreciation.

2015 Timber Inventory:

Timber data in this report are based upon a 2015 timber inventory that was conducted for the ownership by an outside professional forestry consultant. Points were sampled on a grid system using a 10 factor prism resulting in a total sawlog volume property-wide of on 121 acres of 390,312+/- BF Doyle scale with 5366+/- pulpwood tons. Details of the timber inventory report, maps and are available in the Sassafras Farm Timber Inventory Report under Maps and Documents section.

Capital Timber Value of the timber and pulpwood is approximately  $102,581.77 as of February 2015.

Species composition:

The forest’s predominately well-drained upland terrain has led to a resource dominated by hardwood species. Overall, the species composition is highly desirable and favors Appalachian hardwood types, consisting primarily of:

 13% White Oak/Chestnut Oak

 8% Red Oak Group

 59% Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood

 1% Hickory

 12% Sugar Maple/Soft Maple

 5% Ash

 1% Black Walnut

 1% A host of associate species

See report for details.

Stocking, Stem Quality, and Forest Structure:

Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultual legacy. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered excellent with the forest containing an abundant current and future veneer source.

Sassafras Mountain Farm’s timber component has been well managed over the years and generally consists of two age classes that have been managed under even-aged silvicultural guidelines. The predominant timber stand contains 80-120 year old stems ranging in size of 10”-38” dbh. This stand has not had any timber harvesting activity in the past 60 years. This stand has graduated into higher-value sawtimber diameter classes and has some very nice veneer quality trees scattered throughout the forest.

The second distinct stand was established over the past 50 years when some of the farm fields and pastures were abandoned and the forest began to naturally regenerate. These stands represent a quality hardwood resource with a small pine component and has already reached economic maturity.

Sawlog & Veneer Value: These species dominate the sawlog and veneer value, collectively representing nearly 80% of total sawlog value.

Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock.

Several “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest and field edges. These ancient trees, some 200-300 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.

The forest is generally healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. There is some sign of Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid can cause these species of trees to be severely stressed and may die out over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.

The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and cool green mosses. One could spend a lifetime getting to know this inviting environ.