Imagine living on the land your family has owned and farmed continuously since the 1700’s. Lewis Ingles “Bud” Jeffries doesn’t have to. Bud is a direct descendent of Mary Draper and William Ingles, who settled the land in the late 1750’s. His property and another across the river owned by his cousins who are also direct descendants, once made up the entire farm, ferry and tavern; both properties are under conservation easement.
35 members of Virginia Tech’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) visited Ingles Ferry Farm in October 2016. “We enjoyed the tour and the talk by owner Bud Jeffries. It’s such a beautiful place and we’re glad to know it will remain that way. Our members are particularly interested in the rich history of this region and appreciated learning the story of the Ingles family from one of its own.” said Molly McClintock, a member of LLI. Members got tours and of the farm on both sides of the river, including the historic tavern.
Bud Jeffries summed up his family’s decision to put a conservation easement on the property in 2002: “You can’t sell your heritage. Even if one day the property is owned by someone other than a family member, the land will stay much as it was when Mary and William settled here.”