Come To The Country for an Experience you won't forget
When Mark and I were kids we either had a relative who farmed either full-time or part-time after they had already worked a full-time job. Now, you have a hard time finding a child in school who has a realtive that farms.
Mark farms full-time with his father and two older brothers. Farming is a job you love regardless of the income.
We live in Mark's belated granparents' house. Before Mark's Grandparents (Millard and Era) built the house we now live in, they lived in the old home place that was already built when they purchased this land in 1930. The old home place was rebuilt some time prior to Millard and Era buying this land but, the bricks that make up the chimney has been dated "1790" this date can still be seen at the top of the chimney.
When you stand on the front porch of the old home place you look out over the Bee Yard and the Corn Maze, to your left you are looking toward the farm pond and the Hardwood forest. From the back of the house you can see the barn with it's hand hewn logs.
Visitors can take a wagon ride around the farm to the Barn Yard, to the Bee Yard, and up the Pond. While at the Barn Yarn kids can feed the goats and get licked by a baby calf. When the wagon stops at the Bee Yard kids can go into the observation room and watch the honeybees at work, through a glass bee hive. Then the kids will go into another room of the renovanted old home place where they can learn more about how bees are important to pollenating not only flowers but fruits and vegatbles as well. Kids may even get to taste fresh harvested honey when available.
Next the wagon stops at the farm pond where children can feed catfish, blue gill, and bass. The Hardwood Forest is next, where young visitors can guess how many children it will take to reach around the one hundred year old Chestnut Oak.
After your hike through the forest you may want to rest for a while with your picnic lunch. Sit back relax and smell the country air. Now you're rested and ready to find your way through the corn maze.
As children are getting ready to leave they get to take home a pumpkin as a reminder of the trip. While riding home the kids will be taking about what kind of face their pumpkin will have.
Feed and Pet the farm animals, Bee Yard (observation bee hive),feed the fish at the farm pond, corn maze, walk through the Hardwood Forest, take home a pumpkin
We are located in Northwest North Carolina in Eastern Wilkes County.
The farm is located on the Wilkes-Yadkin Road approximately 1/2 mile form Hwy 421, exit 276 onto the The Red, White, and Blue Road/Mathis Farm Road exit, From Winston-Salem turn left at the bottom of the ramp. From Boone turn right at the bottom of the ramp. At the stop sign turn right onto Wilkes-Yadkin Road. Millard Mathis Road is approximately 1/2 mile of the left. The educational experience begins at the farm at the end of the road.
Rates $5.00 for age 3 and older children under 3 free with a parent or guardian.
We are open Mid-Sept--November
Mathis Family Farm Tour
Mark & Jennifer Mathis
336 Millard Mathis Road
Roaring River, NC 28669