Castlewood, VA

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Added to OHD on 4/5/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   45 Comments
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Moccasin Ridge Rd, Castlewood, VA 24224

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  • $85,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 33 Ac.
Step back to the days of an old Appalachian homestead when you make your way onto this scenic farm in the Moccasin area of Russell County. Offering approximately 33 acres of mostly cleared land, this farm encompasses a peaceful valley complete with views, 2 water sources, fencing for livestock, long road frontage, and privacy...and that is only the beginning. Property also has potential for garden space, fruit trees, perhaps even a small pond. Nestled in the hollow, you'll find the welcoming front porch of an 1800's farm house. The house, while currently having no well or septic, offers 7 original fireplaces, 5 large bedrooms and original flooring. It is truly a blank canvas ready for a new owner!
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Kimberly Short, Stuart & Associates
(276) 889-0120 / (276)-619-1817
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45 Comments on Castlewood, VA

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  1. Bev says: 18 comments

    I found this on Google aerial easily. Moccasin Ridge Rd is short and with the distinctive shape of the house it was easy to find the property. It’s a very pretty area.

  2. Tess says: 299 comments

    Prepper’s dream. ????Astonishing interior.

  3. Cheryl says: 1 comments

    There’s no electricity here is there?

    • JimHJimH says: 5147 comments
      OHD Supporter

      There doesn’t seem to be power in the house (lots of oil lamps), but there are poles and lines there. Some folks would rather stay off the grid.

      The aerial shows a barn not in the listing:

      Wonderful old place that’s probably about 150 years old.

    • Eric K. says: 2 comments

      There is electric service. The last interior photo shows electric outlets. Also, there is an old electric iron in one of the photos.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 924 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Those are not electrical outlets, I’m not sure what they are but not that.

        • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1071 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1885 Italianate.

          This, is a time capsule. Just spent 29 minutes looking at everything here. Showed to hubs, c’mon let’s go!

        • natira121natira121 says: 661 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1877 Vernacular
          Columbia River Gorge, WA

          I think it’s expanding foam leaking out. I’ve seen tons of THAT lately! (In the midst of re-contruction)

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            That’s what I thought it might be too. Maybe this home will interest an OHD’er enough to go look and then come back and tell us. 🙂

        • Joyce, NJ says: 2 comments

          If the yellow blobby bits along the wall is what’s meant, those look more like someone shot expanding foam into a crack. That’s what some of it looks like when it hardens. There seems to be more elsewhere in the house in corners, just not so yellow likely due to lighting. No outlets. It’s a cool place, but modernizing would be a fortune and likely a nightmare. I’d suspect a lot of weird stuff in those walls. The views are stunning.

        • TMilburnTMilburn says: 2 comments

          Expandable spray foam. There are multiple examples throughout the house in various photos.

        • MarksmagicMarksmagic says: 11 comments
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          Fox River Grove, IL

          This may be off topic, but I wish there was a webpage here where people that purchased some of these beautiful homes could update us on their progress when fixing them up That would be so interesting to see.

      • Tess says: 299 comments

        Buy a propane generator and put in a septic. You’ll have a great home.

      • Jane Baker says: 1 comments

        I thought there were outlets (yellow?) but I believe those are spots where they used the expanding foam to fill in hornet holes etc.

  4. MW says: 904 comments

    If you like original and rustic, this is it! You don’t often still see an outhouse that is still the main, or only, toilet for the house. 5 large bedrooms? I’m guessing you might need a couple of those for a kitchen and bathroom. Looks like there is some work to do with this, but has good potential and at least nothing was ruined yet by poor modernization efforts.

    • Trish says: 29 comments

      I would leave it just as it is. May sound crazy but the Amish do it so why couldn’t I? No hydro wires or hydro towers. No cell phone towers, cell phones or wifi. All of which make us sick. Nothing like nature and the good old way of living!

  5. Trish says: 29 comments

    This….this is the way to live! No stress of bills such as hydro! If I were retired, and American, I would buy this in an instant and live happily ever after!

  6. C Gibbs says: 2 comments

    You could make a mint of money turning this into a witches retreat. Authentic rusticness would be a big draw and all that land and all those views. No modern hubbub to jam your energy. Or you could just plant a garden, raise some chickens and rabbits, maybe have a goat or mini cow and live pretty darn well. Remember there’s always solar powered doohickies for when ya jones for civilization! Great potential!

    • hearsetraxhearsetrax says: 230 comments

      @ C Gibbs

      GMTA and this could be a marvelous hideaway for those of us with particular venues of interest ?

      most definitely would make for curious place to relocate the half dozen Futuro type houses and create one’s own version of Area 51 ?

  7. CoraCora says: 2058 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    *mind blown*

    It’s so wonderful. I can’t even fathom the views.

    Just magical.

  8. JosephJoseph says: 34 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1868 Italinate
    Bellefonte, PA

    The house sits in the landscape beautifully. It beckons. If you heed its call, your life will surely change.

  9. Kathy Minton says: 3 comments

    My gosh. I have spent many years in the military and also camping while the kids were growing up. I just don’t think I could live indefinitely without power. I have a well now. Septic was replaced with sewer years ago. But that view. Not to mention the privacy.

  10. Can anyone with architecture history or whatever explain the doors beside the fireplaces? If no well…where do they take a bath at? This is most confused I’ve ever been! I get the outhouse but…no water? Huh? Whose been living there? I’m most curious in knowing what’s been going on here in the last few decades!

    • Joyce, NJ says: 2 comments

      they appear to be storage cupboards / closets.

    • JimHJimH says: 5147 comments
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      The space next to interior chimneys is often boxed in to create closets and cupboards, sometimes the only built-in storage space in very old homes.

      Living without electric power, central heating, running water and indoor plumbing was standard until the late 1800’s, and isn’t as hard to adapt to as you might think. Bathing with a washcloth from a basin of water brought from the well or spring is easy. Most likely there’s a stove and icebox not shown; everything you’d really need.

      I can’t determine the historical owners though the previous owners had lived in Moccasin their entire lives and generations before. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of their families had built the home and it was passed down since. The current owner bought the place in 2013. She’s a talented musician who sings the bluegrass and traditional music that the region is known for – Christian, sweet and pure.

      • Plasterboy says: 121 comments

        I saw a video on YouTube of a guy who gets all his water collecting rain then filters it and stores it . More than anyone could use. Amazing .

      • Thank you for the information. I guess I wondered about water when the ad said no well, septic. I looked for a pump, the old fashioned kind like my grandparents had on their farm and didn’t see it. They would tell me how it was back in the day when they used the outhouse and such. My brother lived not long ago near Seattle in a small cabin up high along the bank of the ocean. His bathroom was down a set of long steps closer to the water. He sent us a photo during the winter. His toilet was covered in a thick layer of ice! We got a kick out of that! He’s now in Antarctica! I inherited recently my parents home, I live on a well and septic system now and it’s the most lovely tasting cold water ever! At least I don’t have to pump it! Again thank you for all the insights into these homes. By the way, any advice in how to find the history on the homes? In particular my family homes that were old and the stories we heard as children has me wanting to research it but I can’t find any historical records, not knowing how or where to search. Thanks again!

        • JimHJimH says: 5147 comments
          OHD Supporter

          For house histories, you can get a historical title search done by a title company, or do it yourself at the county hall of records. The old deeds can give you info on neighbors and can reference old maps etc. Study the construction of the house, and take a bunch of photos, especially basements and attics which often have clues about the building date and later changes. Once you have a basic timeline you can research the residents through censuses, city directories, local histories, and newspaper archives. I think it’s a fun thing to do and can be really fascinating.

      • HappawHappaw says: 9 comments
        Big Beaver, PA

        Certainly would make a great bluegrass retreat. Wonder how close the Crooked Road Music Trail is?

  11. Tess says: 299 comments

    Says 2 water sources. Probably pond for stock. Bottled water for drinking or a counter filter.
    Maybe spring water for bathing. Granny used to heat water and throw us kids in the wash tub.
    Summers we went swimming
    I grew up this way and could move right back in.

  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 6646 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Magical! The interior decor seems interestingly sophisticated considering.

  13. Stacy says: 474 comments

    Nothing but AWESOME here!! For me, THIS is the perfect old farmhouse! I wouldn’t decorate much, paint anything, or fill it with alot of furniture!! And that scenery is just beautiful!! I’d buy today if I could! If anyone can find any history on this place, please share!

  14. Betty Nelson says: 29 comments

    This place is wonderful! I wasn’t expecting the inside to be so clean looking. I could go off the grid in a heartbeat. No electric means no refrigerator so there must at least be a fruit cellar. Doesn’t show or say if there is a kitchen.

  15. CeylaClaire says: 250 comments

    I spent the first 7 years of my life in a hunting cabin in northern Wisconsin. No running water, plumbing or electricity. Our cook stove was fired with kerosene and we used a too small potbellied wood stove for heating. The outhouse was a fair distance from the house and it was NOT FUN in the rain and nearly impossible in the winter. We had potty pails in the house in which mom would put lysol. They were emptied once a day in spite of the weather.
    Carrying water from the pump into the house every day was a chore. We saved rainwater and mom would use some to wash our hair. I remember when grandma would come and be disgruntled that we didn’t have a pump in the kitchen sink. Dishes were done in a white metal “bowl”, and the spilled water would collect underneath the fabric-skirted sink in the “slop pail”.

    We did have a fruit cellar and I hated going down there because I didn’t like the smell of dirt, and there were spiders, lots of spiders. But it kept everything fresh and good, even the canned items.
    Laundry was done with a washboard and two galvanized tubs and hung on a simple corded line from the house to the tree. Mom used the lye soap she made. The rinse water was then heated and used for my bath.

    We got by by collecting wild berries and using our garden produce. It was a good life in that we gained satisfaction from our efforts.

  16. I keep coming back to this one.

    The listing says that the house does not have a well, doesn’t mean there isn’t one on the property. Not having septic is a little harder to deal with, but not impossible. If you’re fine with using an outhouse, everything else water related is easy to deal with. If there is a well nearby, or one can be drilled, plumb some water to run into the house. Even if it’s just a cold water pipe coming into the kitchen. Wood stoves with hot water tanks are available. A solar water heater could be used as well. An old fashioned wash tub fills in for bathing and laundry. A hand pump or windmill will get the water up.

    The house looks like it’s in decent shape. I wonder about the chimneys, the fireplaces look a little rough. Hopefully they can be fixed.

    With a barn and fencing, you could have your own livestock. Use a windmill water pump to keep a stock tank filled, just like in the old days. TSC sells the kits.

    Homesteading and living off the grid is becoming quite the popular thing these days. Mix old technology with new and you can live comfortably with some good work ethic. Solar and wind power, mixed with a generator will provide all the electricity you want. Water is available, you just have to get it out of the ground. Rain water is easy to collect. Raise animals, grow food, learn how to store/can/preserve food for the winter. Propane appliances can be added.

    This place, at this price, should be quite attractive to anyone willing to put in the work.

  17. GabrielleGabrielle says: 40 comments
    1895 Victorian.
    Smithville, TX

    It is interesting to see what living off the grid truly is is hard to imagine living w/o indoor plumbing or electricity. Having lived in Colorado’s high country 40 years ago, I knew people who had Outhouses. Yet, they had never known any other way of life. When it’s cold or rainy, it must be hard to do. I really love the countryside of Virginia. To me, Virginia is the most beautiful state in the US !

  18. nic says: 77 comments

    I am confused about the off grid lifestyle. In many areas it is totally illegal. The Board of Health condemns it as unhealthy. Especially outhouses are forbidden. I knew an old farmer who lived in a place much like this one, and he was threatened with jail time if he didn’t install an indoor bathroom and septic. He finally complied but got the last laugh. He put his new toilet inside his old outhouse:)

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Illegal? Maybe in some places especially if you have kids or live in a more populated area (which is where the outhouse thing may be against code) but many rural areas don’t have rules against being off grid. Also many off grid people use alternative means of electricity, solar panels, windmills or even water wheels so it doesn’t mean they go completely without electricity. Same for toilets, most use compost toilets. Is there a national board of health in the United States? Can you point to where it says that, for the United States?

      • nic says: 77 comments

        There is a National Board of Health as well as State Boards of Health. But the laws concerning outhouses are technically made at the county level upon advice from the higher organizations. The majority of American counties now ban outhouses completely but not all enforce them. Indiana has some of the strictest rules and strongest enforcement. Only one county in the entire state allows outhouses and the majority of the counties even ban composting toilets. There have been several legal battles in Indiana where homeowners have been forced out of their homes which were declared unsafe and unsanitary because they wouldn’t comply with the draconian laws requiring running water toilets inside each house no matter its age or location.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 924 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          You’re talking about Indiana, Virginia may have different laws about compost toilets so not sure what another states laws have to do with this state.

  19. says: 124 comments

    I have a one-room cabin plus a bathroom that is off grid. It is a little less than 5 hours from where I live and we collect water off the roof, purify it several different times and it is indeed pure. The grey water is directed downhill safely. As for electric, we have solar panels and the place is easily heated with a wood burning fireplace. We have windfalls we pick up of the land for wood. We use a small on-demand water-heater and a small refrigerator that we empty out when we leave. Our composting toilet works well. I would not want to live there full-time but I bet my son would.

    • StacyStacy says: 474 comments
      1900 Maybe Craftsmen

      I’ve looked & looked here & just still in awe of this place! I find it so fascinating & it definitely has a certain vibe to it, just can’t make up my mind which it is! As much as I’d love to own it, I’d be happy to visit!!

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