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Historic Log Farmhouse on Mountain Creek

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Olde Surber Station view of back porch and stone chimney


Last updated: 05/17/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

For a real back-in-time experience, stay at Olde Surber Station, a 19th-century restored mountain farmhouse on scenic Craig Creek. Located on 90 acres in the midst of the Jefferson National Forest in Botetourt County, Virginia, Olde Surber Station offers remoteness, lots of wildlife, a pristine mountain river great for swimming, tubing, canoeing and fishing, miles of hiking trails just for you, and an abandoned rail bed for biking.

In the early 20th century a steam train traveled through the area, hauling iron ore, passengers, mail, and other goods. Surber was a whistle stop station on the old rail line, hence the name Olde Surber Station.

Furnishings are mostly from the early 1900s, including a working 1930s wood cookstove in the large, eat-in kitchen.

Four spacious bedrooms provide sleeping space for 10 people. The downstairs master bedroom, with a comfy antique iron double bed, is the lower floor of the original 1860s log cabin and is decorated in primitive country style. It contains a gas log fireplace.

The upstairs bedroom of the original log house features an alcove queen bed complete with bed curtains. A second upstairs bedroom, completely paneled from floor to ceiling in original wood planking, has two double beds.

The third upstairs bedroom has a double bed. The upstairs full bath has a stand-up shower, and the downstairs full bath has a old-time slipper tub, great for a relaxing soak. There is also a cute half-bath under the stairway.

The house also has a comfortable parlor (living room) with a second gas-log fireplace and a DVD/VCR and CD player. The dining room/library seats 8 comfortably. Outside is a spacious back yard for cornhole games or horseshoes. (The original functioning outhouse is also available, for those who REALLY want the 'back in time' experience!)

Fire pits provide a place for stargazing and marshmallow roasting, and singing silly songs.

The owners are nearby and available if anything is needed. Other neighbors are a half-mile away. (The owners live down the old rail bed about a quarter mile.) Craig Creek access is about 150 yards from the house.

The owners have intended for Olde Surber Station to provide a rustic, remote place for families to get back to nature. This is not a place for those looking for lots of modern conveniences, like dishwashers and satellite TV! But if you're looking for wilderness, wildlife, clean air and water, beautiful mountain views, and LOTS of peace and quiet, this might be your place. (Note that window air-conditioning units are installed in the summer for your comfort.)

Kids and well-behaved pets are welcome. Even though the house is filled with antiques, this is a house to be lived in, not a place where you’re afraid to put your feet up!

Keywords: Farmhouse, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, creeking


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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking inside. Outside OK. (Please pick up your cigarette butts.)...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved pets allowed with owner approval....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • firepits old railroad bed is like a private 'rails to trails' scenic walking or biking route...moreless


  • Books:

    Wide selection of books in the library....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    cornhole, horseshoes, parlor games...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Stereo:

    CD player and old-timey record player...moreless

  • Video Library:

    A variety of DVD and BluRay movies...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    beautiful views of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains (4000+ ft)...moreless

  • Rural:

    About 3 miles down a gravel country road that used to be a railroad bed....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    on Craig's Creek, a fishing, swimming, floating river...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Heating:

    no central heat, individual heating units...moreless

  • Internet:

    nextdoor satellite wifi can be accessed...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    19th century parlor...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    It's generally difficult to get a cell signal around here (Verizon is the best), but we have a cell signal amplifier that allows 3 bars in an upstairs bedroom....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    wood cookstove in kitchen...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Some family bikes are available for loan....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 aluminum canoes are often available for loan...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    inner tubes are generally available for loan...moreless



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  • Tax Rate 10.3%


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Last updated: 05/17/2015
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Roanoke, VA
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pine Top Restaurant

Car: Necessary

canoeing, fly fishing, birding


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1907

About the owner: My husband Jack and I are retired engineers. I worked in book publishing for many years, with engineering and technical books (still do some freelance book editing). In retirement, we became EMTs and started a little rescue squad in our area, since help was a long ways out. We got interested in medicine and ended up both going to nursing school together and becoming RNs. I serve the community as the 'church nurse' and Jack also became a paramedic and heads up the rescue group here.

Why the Owner Chose Oriskany:
Portions of this property have been in my family since the War between the States era. My grandfather bought the adjoining farm, which is now Olde Surber Station, in 1907. When my brothers and I were kids, this was our favorite place to come, to visit our uncle and aunt who stayed on the homeplace. When they passed on, I was lucky enough to acquire the property.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Peace and quiet, nature, wildlife, and beautiful Craig's Creek--it's a real 'back in time' experience!

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  • Olde Surber Station view of back porch and stone chimney

    Olde Surber Station view of back porch and stone chimney

  • bathroom with footed slipper tub

    bathroom with footed slipper tub

  • Pristine Craig Creek is ideal for tubing, swimming, fishing, canoeing

    Pristine Craig Creek is ideal for tubing, swimming, fishing, canoeing

  • Spacious country kitchen

    Spacious country kitchen

  • downstairs log bedroom

    downstairs log bedroom

VRBO #143738

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Date last modified - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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