Chesapeake and Ohio Craig Valley  Branch circa 1930's

Olde Surber Station - where you can still find peace and quite.

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Our historic, fully furnished farmhouse is available for vacation rental to families, vacationers, hunters, and fishermen. Located in the midst of the Jefferson National Forest in beautiful Botetourt County, Virginia, the area offers remoteness, lots of wildlife, a pristine mountain river loaded with fish, miles of hiking trails, and an abandoned rail bed for biking. The land on which the house is located has been in the Surber family for five generations. In the early 20th century the Craig Valley steam train traveled through the area, hauling iron ore, passengers, mail, and other goods. Surber was a whistlestop station on the Craig Valley line, and the little post office was located in the house for a time.

Staying here is like a trip back in time. Furnishings are mostly from the 1920s and 1930s, including a working 1930s wood cookstove in the kitchen. (There is also a vintage electric stove.)

The house has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The downstairs master bedroom, with an antique iron double bed, is the lower floor of the original log cabin and is decorated in primitive cabin style. It contains a gas fireplace. The upstairs bedroom of the original log house features an alcove queen bed complete with bed curtains. A second upstairs bedroom, completely paneled from floor to ceiling in original wood planking, has two double beds. The third upstairs bedroom has a double bed. The upstairs full bath has a walk-in shower, and the downstairs full bath has an old-time footed slipper tub, great for a relaxing soak. There is also a cute half-bath under the stairway.

The comfortable parlor (living room) is equipped with a second gas-log fireplace and a DVD/VCR and CD player, along with a library of movies. The dining room/library seats 8 comfortably. Outside in the old wellhouse is a unique outdoor shower with hot and cold water. (The original functioning outhouse is also available, for those who REALLY want the "back in time" experience!)

Several bicycles, two Grumman canoes, and numerous inner tubes for floating are available for use. Firepits provide a place for stargazing and marshmallow roasting, and singing silly songs. Plenty of camping space is also available, for groups in which some people want to camp and others want to sleep in a comfortable bed. A very friendly and helpful retired couple live in a second house on the property and take care of the place. They are available if anything is needed. Other neighbors are a half-mile away. (The owners live down the old rail bed about a half mile.)

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View of kitchen

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View of dining room

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View of log house master bedroom

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View of downstairs bathroom


Olde Surber Station


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