About Benedict Haid Farm

Around 1869, Benedict Haid built an ample house of hand-hewn timbers, with large rooms and four stone fireplaces for his wife Margaret and nine children. He built it to last, and so it has, as the heart of a farm that sustained several generation, and then as the lodge of Camp Wheelgate where hundreds of Girl Scouts learned to love the outdoors.

Come enjoy the peace and quiet of the country at our secluded mountain retreat.

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    Take a nature hike

    down to the pond for a picnic or fishing.
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    a favorite book on the swing.
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    in a journal, paint a picture.

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    under the trees… or stars.

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    in the hot tub… laugh.

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    At the end of the day

    make ice cream after a game of horseshoes.
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    At the end of the day...

    pop popcorn, play board games, or watch videos.
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    At the end of the day...

    toast marshmallows in the fireplace on the porch.

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    At the end of the day...

    count your blessings.

The original character of the Haid House remains undisturbed, complimented now with furnishings geared toward comfort. Modern heat and air conditioning, full and half-baths, whirlpool, fully-equipped kitchen, with separate commercial refrigerator and freezer and a huge heated screen porch with fireplace and hot tub, make country sojourning here a breeze. A free gas grill is located to the rear of the screened porch.

The Black Bear Lodge is a civil-war era home reassembled on the site with the highest quality materials and attention to details. Three bedrooms, each with a private bath and deck, huge fireplace, and stunning views. Featured on a segment of the DIY Network television show “Barnyard Builders.”

The Haid House accommodates six overnight guests.  The farm’s 650 posted acres supervised by a resident caretaker, host deer, turkey, squirrel and a wide array of birds. Margaret’s Pond bountifully yields bass and sunfish. Vacationers, naturalists and businesses may reserve either house with access to the whole farm.