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The Frost Farm – Virginia Beach, VA

John Lancaster worked to bring life back to this historic 1920 farm.
  • All photos courtesy Terree Neal Photography

    A farm restoration project

    Hugging the Virginia and North Carolina line and just a few minutes from the Atlantic Ocean lays the historic Frost Farm. Restored by 78-year-old John Lancaster, this farm is tucked in between 147 acres of farm and woodlands in Virigina Beach, Virginia. Lancaster's vision transformed the run down farmhouse and barn into a place for family to gather and create long-lasting memories.

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
  • Rough shape

    When the Lancaster's first took over the farm, it wasn't in the best condition. The cottage was run down and had been damaged by fire. Their "out kitchen," a kitchen situated separately on the grounds outside, had also been destroyed. Overall, the property was overgrown and seemingly lifeless, until John's vision transformed it back to its 1920's roots.

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
  • Detail-oriented

    Although restoring the farm was a lot of work, John never lost sight of important details. John and his wife Audrey started the project by keeping it in its historical mode. They had previously owned a Paint and Decorating Store near their home, so they had a good sense of decorating. They started first with the home and then focused on bringing color and life throughout the farm, which includes the kitchen outhouse and two barns.

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
  • The out kitchen

    John and his brother Stanley added the "out kitchen" with a fully functional, authentic wood stove. Out on the farm you can frequently find someone rocking in the chairs on the front porch, or you may find the two brothers themselves inside, where they take their coffee breaks.

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
  • Collectable antiques

    On the farm, you'll notice a collection of antique tools. John has them housed both inside one of the barns and on the exterior as well.

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
  • A refurbished surprise

    Typically when you open the doors to a big red barn, you expect to see a tractor (or several). The Lancaster's instead store Stanley's 1931 Ford Model A in their barn. Another restoration project, they refurbished every detail including lights, wood finishing, and wiring. 

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
  • Unique touches

    Although John has no formal architectural experience, you will discover many drawings of his latest landscape, building, and furniture creations. He has designed this pergola, which creates a peaceful sitting place at the corner of the property, and created another version by one of the walkways.

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
  • A loving environment

    Although John Lancaster has created a cozy country home, what he loves most is enjoying the acreage with his family. He and Audrey host many family functions and keep everyone entertained with their great company and mass of toys, namely a dune buggy and ATV tucked away in the big red barn for his grandkids. John serves as an inspiration for all because despite all his creativity, he has managed to complete these projects after surviving lung cancer and spinal surgery. At 6-foot and 6-inches, his family describes him as their gentle giant.

    Date Published: August 3, 2012
    Date Updated: August 21, 2012
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