Moss Mountain Farm

P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat

This week I had the privilege to participate in the Farm2Home event held at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm.
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P. Allen Smith is an author and television host based out of Arkansas.  His shows include Garden Home, Garden to Table, and Garden Style. He is passionate about promoting organic gardening, local foods and preserving heritage breeds of poultry.  Mr. Smith was gracious enough to host a group of Arkansas bloggers and local farmers to his 650 acre estate this week in an effort to promote Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made products. The event also included a tour of Smith’s home, gardens, and his famous Poultryville which houses several heritage breeds of chickens, ducks and turkeys.
The Garden Home Retreat, as it is known by his followers,  was built less than ten years ago, but was designed to look as if it was built in the 1840’s.   This Greek-Revival style home is actually red brick on the outside but covered in a lime wash to distress the appearance.  Smith states that his best compliment is when people ask him when he did the renovation.
The massive 300-year old oak in the front yard is definitely a focal point of the estate
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
and was our meeting point for the events of the day.
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
As we entered the massive tall doors of the home, we were greeted by Duncan our tour guide.
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
The living area and formal dining area happily share a space.
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
Smith is also an artist and one of his paintings depicting his home state of Tennessee is displayed in this area P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
as well as an antique sugar cabinet.  Back when sugar was scarce, these cabinets were locked and guarded by the mistress of the house.  It is also believed that she kept her best  whiskey in the cabinet, too.  This, of course, is speculation, but who would blame her for a nip now and then.
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
One feature of the house is the Rumford fireplace
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
These tall, narrow, fireplaces were designed in the 1790’s to make the best use of fireplace heat.  The shallow angles of the wall, deflect heat more efficiently than larger square fireplaces we see today.
The dining room table was set with a variety of books
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
and led us into the kitchen.
And what a kitchen it is (and hard to photograph with so many people in it)
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat

P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
view from the kitchen window
Next to the kitchen, is a small dining area
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
which also leads out to the screened porch sitting and dining area
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
The upstairs houses the bedrooms
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
and their beautiful antiques, but my favorite sleeping area was the screened sleeping porch
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
complete with a copper bathtub
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
and breathtaking views of the Arkansas River
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
sorry about the screen effect
The third floor accommodates the nieces and nephews of Mr. Smith. Up the narrow staircase,
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
is a retreat any child would love.
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
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P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
And, as the daughter of an electrician, I always notice the light fixtures.
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat
If you think this was spectacular, wait until you see the gardens.
Brenda