Welcome to the White House Farm Foundation!
Would you like to visit the beautiful and historic White House Farm??? We still have days available in our schedule to host student groups – from young kids to adults – who are interested in native plants, trees, water quality, history, agricultural practices, soil and other aspects of our local ecology. As a nonprofit organization with a mission to share information, educational group visits to the farm are free! Contact us today!
We are excited about our current projects and realizing the vision for the White House Farm Foundation. We’re interested in various aspects of how to live more sustainably on the land and use our natural resources wisely. Our desire is to work with the community and our partners to answer some of the large questions now facing conservation and development.
- How do we live in balance with our environment?
- How can we enhance the landscape to feed wildlife and ourselves?
- Why is it important to conserve land?
- How can we support local economies?
- Do you work with a class, organization, community group or students? Would you like to visit the farm for an outdoor educational field trip? We still have availability in our 2018 calendar so please contact us and we will discuss your needs.
- Do you have questions about our local water quality, invasive species, native species, pollinators, etc? We are glad to help.
The White House Farm is now available to host your wedding, celebration or corporate event!
Photos above by Kayt Greer
Through the generosity of farm owner Scott Plein, we are booking, on a limited basis, events for the 2017 season. Proceeds from reserving the farm for your event will contribute to the White House Farm Foundation programs so you can feel good about your contribution!
We have hosted groups from small, intimate affairs in our fabulous kitchen to larger weddings with 175 attendees under an outdoor tent next to the pool with full views of the restored bank barn, the historic White House and the spectacular backdrop of Massanutten Mountain.
Our location on Highway 211 just three miles west of Luray makes us easy to find.
The beauty of the farm right on the banks of the Shenandoah River will make your event memorable. All proceeds from renting our facility will help support the nonprofit White House Farm Foundation and its youth and adult conservation programs. Please contact us today to discuss pricing and details.
Photos above by Asa Orrin-Brown
Want to learn more about the history of the White House (c. 1760), and settlement in the Shenandoah Valley?
- Want to identify native plants, trees, and grasses and learn more about the Shenandoah River watershed?
- Curious about birds and pollinators?
- Why not book a tour with us to explore the White House Farm?
We are available to provide personalized tours for groups from 5 to 30 people. We offer either 1 hour, 2 hour or half day guided walks. We love sharing the special aspects of this historic farm and its ecology so contact us for information and tour prices.
Friday, July 20 (9 am -11 am): 10th annual North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Count at the White House Farm. Join us as we participate in this regional count and tally numbers and diversity of butterfly species. The farm hosts quite a few species of swallowtails, duskywings, hairstreaks and many others – come learn ways to identify butterflies by color, flight pattern, host plants and shape. No experience necessary. RSVP through our contact form. $3 fee goes to the NABA. (Note: Rescheduled by regional organizers from July 6 due to rain in the forecast).
Friday, July 27 (7 pm – 9 pm): Sunset/Full Moon Walk: Join us for a late evening walk when we will enjoy the sunset, cooler temperatures, listen for birdsong, focus on the fragrances of summer and enjoy the moonlight over the farm. Photographers, naturalists, kids and dogs welcome. Please RSVP.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 (9am – 11am): Heirloom Houses, Heirloom Gardens: Sustainability Matters partners with White House Farm Foundation to celebrate Shenandoah Valley history. We’ll view the 1760 White House highlighting the role the building played in the Valley’s evolution. Virginia garden design, crops of early European settlers, food storage techniques and the importance of saving seeds. Please RSVP.
Saturday, September 8 (10 am – 3 pm): Virginia Outdoors Festival. We hope you will join us for this year’s festival when we will have canoe rides, exhibitors, demonstrations, art/crafts, food, games and many fun activities.
Volunteers needed: If you can spare a couple hours to help with setup, parking, assisting vendors, etc. we would appreciate it!!
We are featuring regular public naturalist events at the White House Farm Foundation. If you would like to be added to our email distribution list (you will only receive specific information pertaining to the White House Farm Foundation events and info), send us an email through our contact form.
March 31, 2018: Spring Ephemerals and Wild Edibles Walk
April 27, 2018: Tree Identification Walk
June 13, 2018: Nature Photography Workshop
July 6, 2018: Training for NABA Butterfly Count