ABOUT THE ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN FARM SITE:
The AMS Village is situated between 4000’ and 4400’ on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally homesteaded about 110 years ago and about 100 acres have been cleared.
Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce alongside mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens. This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vegetation. Summers tend to be quite cool, and the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost free days.
The Allegheny Mountain School Farm is a non-smoking facility.
ABOUT HIGHLAND COUNTY:
Allegheny Mountain School is seated in Highland County, Virginia, the least populated county(population 2300) in Virginia. Highland is well known for its maple sugar, sheep and timber. The farm itself borders and is a close drive to many outdoor recreational and historical sites. Monterey is the county seat of Highland.