Celtic Acres Farm is an organic off-grid homestead committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others.
Celtic Acres Farm (est. 2011) is a 130+ year old farmhouse with a strong Civil War heritage. Originally a 320+ acre homestead, the 1800s farm raised assorted livestock, boasted an apple orchard along with other assorted fruit trees, grapevines, corn, peanuts, tobacco and included an on-site logging mill. A Confederate Hospital also sat on the property, located next to one of the three natural artisan springs.
Located in northwest Georgia, once known as Oothcalooga Village, a pre-existing Cherokee village named after Chief Walter (John) S. Adair, a Scottish settler who married a Cherokee Indian woman before the removal of the Cherokee in 1838. Situated along a portion of the trail of Sherman's March into Atlanta, so much of the history was lost to the fires, the pillaging, the destruction yet, local families have preserved the stories and photographs and have handed them down, generation to generation. Property destruction and the deaths of one-third of the county's soldiers during the battle, May 17 - 23, 1864, caused financial and social calamity that lasted well into the mid-1900s.
The house was originally a four-square shotgun house. Over time, a kitchen and bathroom were added, along with a front and back porch. Construction was erected on a stacked-stone foundation. Over the years, the property was sub-divided between family members and, then, others in town. In the 1890s and, again, in the early 1900s, additional railroad lines were built across the back portion of the original property.
Over the years, the house was sold, time and time again and, each time, the new owners attempted updates and renovations that only obscured the original architecture and history of the house. The last updates were in the 1980s and the house became all but lost to its humble beginnings. Finally, the last owner let the property fall into such disrepair and, ultimately, lost the house to foreclosure. When we discovered the property, it had been abandoned for many years, with thieves taking the opportunity to strip of all of the wiring, copper and any other items that could be scraped, hocked or otherwise sold while it stood vacant.
By the time we made our offer on the property, everyone we encountered (realtor, banks, neighbors) all suggested to us that we should just bull-doze it all down and start over. Blasphemy! We were determined to save whatever we could of the 130+ year old house and attempt to bring it back to its original glory.
We began the journey in November, 2011 and, over the next two and a half years, we gave our blood, sweat and tears to the project. We were determined to do as much of the renovation as we could ourselves -- from demolition to restoration -- and, we succeeded. The only portions of the renovations that we contracted out were: HVAC, the house had no heat or air prior to our purchase; a new roof, we had a metal roof installed; spray foam insulation, we had the entire house and roof-line insulated with open and closed cell foams; and, once we had finally moved in, we had solar panels and batteries installed.
Everything else -- the hardwood floors, the tile, the plumbing, the electrical, the cabinetry, the drywall, the windows, the doors, etc., were all done by the two of us. We were especially pleased to uncover not one, but two, double-sided fireplaces that had been hidden in the walls and covered with drywall, as well as 10-11 foot ceilings hidden under dropped ceilings with much of the original bead-board still intact, and true twos (hand-hewn 2x4s).
We finally moved into our farmhouse in 2013 and are blessed to call this wonderful place "home." We are now fully off-the-grid with solar for our electricity and natural springs for our water supply.
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