Fearrington Village

Just a few minutes from Chapel Hill by car, on the way to Pittsboro, lies lovely Fearrington Village (pronounced Fairington, not Fearington). To quote from the village's own web site:

The story of Fearrington is the story of an historic farm, the families who lived on it, and one couple who reimagined it. This couple, R.B. and Jenny Fitch, created a village that offers warm personality and a new definition of hospitality, lifestyle and beauty set in the countryside just south of Chapel Hill, NC.

Records of the Fearrington farm in Chatham County date to the 1770s, when land grants issued by North Carolina Governor Ritchie Caswell first conveyed the title to this farm. In 1786, William Cole, Sr. purchased 640 acres of land that eventually became Fearrington Village for $80. [...] The land passed through the generations and acquired the Fearrington name when it was inherited by Cole's great-granddaughter and her husband, Edwin M. Fearrington, in 1915.

Over the years, we have come here often to take pictures, admire the livestock, wander around the lovely landscape, have a coffee and a treat at The Belted Goat, but usually to enjoy a combination of several of these things. This is why the photos on this page were taken at different times with different cameras. Enjoy your visit to this truly beautiful and serene place!

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An iconic view of Fearrington Village: the big pasture, the white fence, and the silo

An iconic view of Fearrington Village: the big pasture, the white fence, and the silo


A few of the black and white Belted Galloway Cows, a rare breed of Scottish beef cattle affectionally called "Belties"

A few of the black and white Belted Galloway Cows, a rare breed of Scottish beef cattle affectionally called "Belties"


A young "Beltie"...

A young "Beltie"...


...and a fully grown one.

...and a fully grown one.


There are several donkeys in the pastures, too

There are several donkeys in the pastures, too


The Belted Goat: Delicious food in a casual setting

The Belted Goat: Delicious food in a casual setting


McIntyre's Books in the center of Fearrington Village

McIntyre's Books in the center of Fearrington Village


Dovecote, a women's clothing store, also sells shoes and accessories for the ladies

Dovecote, a women's clothing store, also sells shoes and accessories for the ladies


On the path to Fearrington House

On the path to Fearrington House


From the path, one has a good view of the barnyard and the silo

From the path, one has a good view of the barnyard and the silo


Peeking through the trees at the Fearrington House Restaurant

Peeking through the trees at the Fearrington House Restaurant


The Fearrington House Restaurant

The Fearrington House Restaurant


Behind the Fearrington House Inn

Behind the Fearrington House Inn


View from the square walkway behind Fearrington House Inn

View from the square walkway behind Fearrington House Inn


On the walkway Tree and residence behind Fearrington House

On the walkway

Tree and residence behind Fearrington House


TA view from the barnyard

A view from the barnyard


One of the two ponds in Camden Park

One of the two ponds in Camden Park


The stone sheep in Camden Park

The stone sheep in Camden Park


This beautiful tree still shows off its fall colors in early December

This beautiful tree still shows off its fall colors in early December


Reading wire-bunny in front of McIntyre's book shop

Reading wire-bunny in front of McIntyre's book shop


The Roost Beer Garden Back by the animals

The Roost Beer Garden

Back by the animals


A weathered façade by the stables

A weathered façade by the stables


A black-and-white Tennessee fainting goat. Fainting goats do not really faint but stiffen when startled.

A black-and-white Tennessee fainting goat. Fainting goats do not really faint but stiffen when startled.


Leaving Fearrington Village

Leaving Fearrington Village

When we visit Fearrington Village, we often continue south for another 15 minutes or so to Pittsboro, the seat of Chatham County. This charming little town has one of our favorite stores to shop for unusual gifts you can't find anywhere else, a wonderful bakery, a chocolatier, and an authentic old-fashioned soda shop that serves home-made ice cream that has to be tasted to believed in enormous portions. Surely enough reasons to justify a small detour!


Paris has its Eiffel tower, Rome has its Coliseum, Pittsboro has its courthouse

Paris has its Eiffel tower, Rome has its Coliseum, Pittsboro has its courthouse


Pittsboro features very interesting and unusual stores...

Pittsboro features very interesting and unusual stores...


...and some beautiful residences.

...and some beautiful residences.


Getting back onto route 15-501 to drive back to Chapel Hill

Getting back onto route 15-501 to drive back to Chapel Hill


The photos on this page were taken between July 2009 and December 2022.
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