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Alpacas in Wine Country, Washington
This property is a historic homestead originally settled by Nathaniel S. Gholson, a pioneer from Iowa. We are fortunate to have copies of his homestead application documents, which are on display Read more...
This property is a historic homestead originally settled by Nathaniel S. Gholson, a pioneer from Iowa. We are fortunate to have copies of his homestead application documents, which are on display for guests to view. Mr. Gholson made his initial application on May 20, 1870 for a total of 164 acres and paid a fee of $16. He 'proved up' on the land 5 years later, and after paying an additional $6, Mr. Gholson was deeded the property in June 1875. The federal registrar recorded the title to Mr. Gholson under signature of President Ulysses S. Grant on August 20, 1875.
The homestead documents chronicle Mr. Gholson's efforts to cultivate and secure these lands. Seeing the exquisite penmanship, the vernacular used in the application and all the dates, impresses a sense of awe and inspiration in visitors and guests.
After the land was homesteaded, Mr. Gholson passed on sections of it to his son's before he ultimately moved into town. Over the years, the land was subdivided and sold, and once housed the operations of the Dammrose Dairy. Old Homestead Alpacas now resides on the last remaining 10 acres, complete with the old barn and original farmhouse, with the dairy's old milking parlor and creamery.