Palmyra Hall Veranda is Being Rebuilt

Palmyra Hall (1927) Veranda Under Construction

We have known for some time now that the veranda needed repairs, but once we started, we soon realized it practically needed to be rebuilt. The 6x6in inner column supports have now been replaced with treated wood. The columns will be rebuilt around the supports. The ceiling rafters, etc. will be replaced as needed, and a new roof and flashing will be applied. The gutters will either be replaced or repaired and stabilized. In addition to the Veranda, we have contracted for a new roof for the rest of Palmyra.

We look forward to having this finished before our Alumni Reunion in September. Donations for this unexpected expense are welcome; please remember that Patterson School Foundation is a non-profit organization, so all gifts are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!

High Country Farm Tour, June 17th 2017

View of the barns seen from campus

The Patterson School Foundation will participate in the High Country Farm Tour for the third time this year, sponsored by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA).  This is the 10th year of the tour, which coincides with BRWIA’s mission  of … “supporting women and their families with resources, education and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture.”

The Farm Tour at Patterson will take place on campus Saturday afternoon, June 17, 2017 from 2 to 6 pm, RAIN or SHINE, and volunteers will be on hand to show visitors around the farm and historic buildings.

The Farm Tour is fun for the whole family, and will include six family farms in addition to the Patterson School Farm – a chance to visit a variety of Caldwell County farms on one Saturday afternoon, while these farms hold “Open House.” This year, the tour will also include Bee Kind Family Farm and Crow Hollow Family Farm in Collettsville, The Thankful Fork Farm and Thankful Goat Farm in Lenoir, and the Snyder Family Farm and the Johnny Wilson Farm in Granite Falls.

Tickets for the Farm Tour can be purchased IN ADVANCE online at, or in person at the Downtown Lenoir Farmer’s Market at 904 West Avenue in Lenoir on Wednesdays – Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Ticket price is $20 / carload for admission to all Caldwell County farms.

Tickets purchased on the day of the tour can be bought at the first farm visited, and are $25 / carload for admission to all Caldwell farms.

For more information about the High Country Farm Tour, visit