The land where Fearrington is situated was first purchased in 1786 by William Cole for $80 and was passed down through generations of his family. It was named after William’s great-granddaughter and her husband, Edwin M. Fearrington. Their son, John Bunyan, built the homestead where the current Fearrington House Restaurant is located, and the name honors their stewardship. As a real estate developer, R.B., now an octogenarian who still lives at Fearrington, was intent on keeping the farm’s existing buildings. Today, the granary is home to The Belted Goat coffee shop, and the milking barn houses Dovecote Style, a clothing boutique.
Jenny’s remarkable gardens have been meticulously maintained, including the colorful springtime burst of daffodils, crocuses, and other bulbs she put into the design. She also was one of the restaurant’s first chefs and paid great attention to menu details. Her kitchen plot provides fresh herbs and vegetables to Fearrington’s eateries, and the establishment’s cookbook is available for purchase at McIntyre’s Books, opened in the shop-lined Village three decades ago by Keebe Fitch, Jenny and R.B.’s daughter.