Brackett’s Farm- History in Louisa, VA
Green Springs National Historic Landmark District
Fair Oaks is one of the many plantation homes in the Green Springs Historic District.
The Historic Green Springs District is located in western Louisa County. Stately mansions dot the rolling countryside, surrounded by large tracts of property preserving the rural atmosphere of the area.
The Green Springs National Historic Landmark District is a unit of the National Park Service consisting of 14,000 acres with more than 250 original 18th and 19th Century buildings. The properties reflect Virginia’s rural vernacular architecture, and are generally preserved in their original context. Numerous estate and plantation homes have been preserved, including Prospect Hill, Eastern View, Hawkwood, and Sylvania. Other properties of note include Boswell’s Tavern, Berea Church and Quaker Hill Farm. The area has been determined by the secretary of the interior to be a “unique assemblage of American architecture situated in its original context” of major national significance to the people of the United States, leading to its national historic designation.
The Community Garden at Brackett's Farm provides the opportunity for people to learn about gardening and methods once used.
Few of the properties are open to the public, but one exception is Brackett’s Farm. The 515-acre property in Historic Green Springs has a 12-acre lake that has been publicly accessible to fishermen since 2000. Fishermen must sign in at the main house to enjoy fishing in the lake.
Surrounding the lake, visitors can also walk the Wildlife & Birding Trail that is part of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries system of trails for public use.
Bracketts dates back to the 1700s, but remains a working farm today. The community garden even provides an internship opportunity to students at Louisa County High School.
It is also the site of numerous workshops and seminars on agricultural topics. The farm, managed by the Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Charitable Foundation, is also utilized for historical workshops, nature walks and other related activities. For more information, visit brackets.org.