Wardensville Garden Market- Official Welcome Center
OFFICIAL VISITORS CENTER Open All Weekend
The Wardensville Garden Market is located on 100-acres of property that includes several miles of the Cacapon River and was originally owned by the Frye family—one of the founding families of Wardensville—since the 1800's. It was part of the original land surveyed and laid-off by a young George Washington and, according to family members, was known as the "H.W. Frye Homeplace.” If you look across the street to the North you will see the original brick home that Henry Westfall Frye built in 1825 (to the left of the pond) perched on higher ground allowing them to sit on their front porch and watch over the farm. In 1893, H.W. Frye gave 221 acres to his son John, who then transferred the property to his three children, Marshall, Homer and Laura. In 1909, Homer and Marshall bought Laura’s share and split the property into two pieces with Marshall owning 99-acres (this is now the property where the Wardensville Garden Market is located). In 1917, Marshall died and deeded it to his children, Laura, Paul, John and Opal. The farm was then passed down to two more generations, before it was transformed into the Wardensville Garden Market in 2016.
The Wardensville Garden Market is the first project of Farms Work Wonders, a local non-profit social enterprise with a mission to expand opportunities for Appalachian youth. They do this by creating living classrooms (such as their bakery, market, farm, and soon to be launched restaurant and production kitchen) to provide real-life experiences and generate income.The nonprofit social enterprise model allows them to address historically negative economic development in Appalachia. Unlike traditional businesses, that often have extracted profits for outside interests, they create opportunities for youth and reinvest 100% of the fruits of their labors locally. Today, the farm project is certified organic and has a bustling produce market and from-scratch bakery that employs 70+ people, including 50+ local high school students.
Stop by for tours of the Frye Farm on both days at 11am and 1pm. These tours are provided as part of the Crossroads: Change in Rural America- Hardy County Community Projects.
Directions: Located at 28813 State Road 55 in Wardensville (Located at the intersection of State Road 259 and State Highway 55/48