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 The Dock Barnard Farm Project!                                                                                          (Updated 7/31/2017)

What have we been working on since the completion of The Old Campbell Farm?  Following are some photos of the Dock Barnard property as we found it in the fall of 2014 and as we have progressed with the restoration since that time. Though not quite complete, a fully restored and completely modern home for your vacation stay will be available by late summer, 2017.

The home, built in the 1890's by Dock Barnard (Jim's great-great-uncle) for his bride Ellen Winstead Barnard, sits on 90+ acres of private fields and woodlands. Dock had amassed significant wealth in the Cripple Creek, CO area while providing lumber for the gold and silver mines. The home he built for Ellen was quite fashionable for the times and incorporated some beautiful artisan craftsmanship. He passed away in 1941. Ellen continued to live in the home that Dock built until her death in the early 1960's. With the exception of some tenant families in the 1970's, the home fell into disuse and slowly became hidden by nature.

Whenever possible, original wood has been salvaged during the renovation process. Pay particular attention to the poplar siding to the right of the chimney as the slideshow progresses. That siding is well over 100 years old! Amazing, isn't it?!?!?! Several folks have commented that the home has looked very church-like atop the hill because it has been coated in white primer. That has changed during the past couple of weeks! The final exterior colors for The Dock Barnard Farm are being applied and are looking beautiful!!!

The fully restored home features a queen master suite with walk-in shower, an additional queen bedroom opposite a full bathroom with tub, a spacious wrap-around screen porch, walking trails, and many special amenities. We look forward to presenting this home for your vacation enjoyment in August, 2017!

NOTE: The Dock Barnard Farm is nearing completion just in time for our very first reservation. Our guests will be visiting Franklin to experience the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse of the sun!!! We are located in the path of totality on Eclipse Day! What can we expect? ". . . we can see totality in . . . Franklin (2m30s at 2:35pm).", according to the folks at www.eclipse2017.org. But, there will be many other reasons to visit The Dock Barnard Farm this fall! Just give us a call at 864-706-3309 or send us a message at jim@olivehillvacationrentals.com to book a reservation for as early as August 22, 2017. Click to check our Availability Calendar. We look forward to hearing from you!

July Update:

Well, June and July have been VERY busy months at The Dock Barnard Farm!!! Trenching in water lines and downspout drain lines was completed during some dry days in early June. Now the parking area sports a thick layer of gravel and has settled down nicely. The screen porch lacks only its screen. Guests who enjoy sitting outside will LOVE this porch!!! :) Appliances and all other things using water have been installed. Probably most significant of all is the presence of running water in the house!!! :) After much preservation efforts with frustrating results, Jim decided to use the original baseboards and crown moulding in the hallway only. The rest of the house will feature Jim's custom reproductions of the original baseboards. There have been several other snafus, as you probably would expect. The "Snow White" backsplash grout wasn't really snow white. The carpet apparently hadn't been inspected properly before leaving the factory and was flawed beyond usability. . . . But, the progress is REALLY exciting!!! :) By August 19th and the arrival of our very first guests, this old house will be transformed into a lovely home. Just you wait and see! :) Stay tuned for more updates!!

Screen porch features stained beadboard ceiling, space for large dining table, 4 rocking chairs, and a bistro set.

Kitchen nearly completed! Oak "beam" now covers original 2"x6" chestnut studs. Drawer pulls and under-cabinet lights still to go!

Cast iron sink looks really nice against dark countertop & backsplash.

Ellen Bedroom has carpet! Fancy pocket door to master bathroom in place, too!!

Dock Bedroom ready for carpet. (Pink protective plastic on smoke detector will be removed, of course!)

                                             Larger bathroom has recessed vanity.                                                         Both bathrooms feature a built-in night light!


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During spring and summer visits, you'll find a pleasing variety of colorful blooms at The Old Campbell Farm!
February 2, 2013: Weather forecasters predicted snow would begin to fall shortly after noon. They were correct!

Friday, November 2, 2012: Our renovations passed inspection, and we received a certificate of occupancy from the Macon County inspector's office. Woohoo!!! Although exterior painting of the east wall of the cabin and installation of the screen on the porch were incomplete, we finally could start moving furniture and appliances into the cabin and farmhouse.

Saturday, November 17, 2012: To our delight, The Old Campbell Farm provided a home-away-from-home during the week of Thanksgiving for our first vacation rental family! There's an old saying, "The devil's in the details." The suite of six appliances for the cabin and farmhouse was delivered on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, minus the dishwasher. There were problems with the installation of DirecTV services on Friday and Saturday that required three service technician visits. Thankfully, both the dishwasher and HDTV were fully functional by the time the family arrived late Saturday afternoon. Status of gas logs in the living area on that Saturday - installation pending, as was the installation of several shelves. Nevertheless, we think you'll agree the interior was looking great! Check our "Amenities" page to see professional-quality photos of the interior and exterior as of February, 2013.
January-November, 2012:
Restoration and renovations officially began on January 4, 2012 after we acquired a building permit. Just as the seasons progressed from winter through spring and summer to autumn, improvements to both the interior and the exterior of the log cabin and farmhouse progressed. Surprises? Yes, there were several surprises along the way! But, thanks to the extensive knowledge, skill set, and hard work of our one-man crew and to Jim's woodworking talents, the transformations were amazing. The montage below of before-&-after snapshots highlights the scope of the project and features some of the curious passers by, the surrounding landscape, and other ongoing work.

Jim and Pam Rogers, Owners & Proprietors
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