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Mast Farm Inn buys 1861 Farmhouse

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Article Published: Apr. 10 | Modified: Apr. 10
Mast Farm Inn buys 1861 Farmhouse

The historic 1861 Farmhouse restaurant and winery in Valle Crucis has been sold to Mast Farm Inn, which will reopen it as a new restaurant, to be called Over Yonder.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

The 1861 Farmhouse in Valle Crucis is under new management and will have a new name when it reopens in May.

According to Alison Garrett, who shared ownership of the restaurant-styled inn with her husband, Steve, nearby Mast Farm Inn has purchased the property.

With a focus on new Southern food with an Appalachian twist, the reborn restaurant will also bear a new name: Over Yonder.

Mast Farm Inn co-owner Andrew Long said customers could expect “lower check averages” on meals and similar menu options to what were offered at The 1861 Farmhouse.

A deal on the transaction was reached April 2, Garrett said.

Long said crews are currently in the process of remodeling the restaurant to fit their vision.
“It’s beautiful property,” Long said. “It’s a historic building with tons of charm. This is one of those things you can’t recreate. When opportunity presented itself, we jumped on. With the location of the inn, this will be a nice complement.”

The Garretts said they plan to retain the 1861 Market Deli Bakery and the accompanying wine operation.

The sale of the restaurant came as a surprise, considering it wasn’t on the market for sale, Garrett said.

“We enjoyed three wonderful year of operating the business, and we are blessed with success beyond anything we ever imagined the business could be,” she said. “It was immensely gratifying for us to not only be able to completely restore such a beautiful, historic home that was so important to the history of Valle Crucis, but to see it come to life as a place people loved coming to with friends and family to share wonderful times and memories.”

Garrett said she will miss mingling and serving the needs of guests and is looking forward to “the next chapter in her life.”

Despite the fond memories of operating a restaurant, it has come at a grueling price.

“While enjoyable, the restaurant business is also extremely demanding and truly does require what feels like a 25-hour-a-day, eight-hour-a-week schedule,” Garrett said. “We are very happy to be able to look forward to more time for our family, lots of travel and more fun in general.”

The 1861 Farmhouse in Valle Crucis had already built quite a reputation for winemaking, in addition to its established culinary prowess that delights High Country taste buds with homestyle cooking.

The antiquated farmhouse-turned-restaurant recently captured seven medals for its cast of entries into the 2013 Southeast Mid-Atlantic Wine Competition.

About The 1861 Farmhouse

The 1861 Farmhouse is located at a 153-year-old, restored, Civil War-era farmhouse, and Garrett said it is the only restaurant in the High Country with both its own organic garden and winery.

“Visitors come and enjoy the history, atmosphere, food and wine so much that they go back home and send their friends here,” she said. “I also want to say that the locals have been so incredibly supportive of what we are doing. We are incredibly grateful for their support.”

The 1861 Farmhouse is located at 3608 N.C. 194 in Valle Crucis. For more information, call (828) 963-6301, or visit

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