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The Mann Family moved to Virginia in 2020 in order to pursue their dream of leaving the hectic city behind to become homesteaders and enjoy the simple things in life. Moonhaven consists of Jessica and her husband, Jake, their two children Johanna “Jojo” (8) and John (5) as well as several furry and feathered friends. After successfully making it through 10 years of active military life, desperately trying to grow roots in Germany as civilians and a world wide pandemic, a much needed change and leap of faith was necessary. A job opportunity back stateside was the once in a lifetime chance! The Mann family arrived with big dreams and pockets full of plans that are now waiting to be brought to reality. 

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Country Life! 

Stephens City is a small town in the lower Shenandoah Valley. Stephens City was founded October 12, 1758 as the second oldest town in the Shenandoah Valley and was originally settled by individuals of Scottish, Irish, and German ancestry. In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, Stephens City, then known as Newtown, became prosperous as a crossroads village with a variety of small scale crafts and industries, featuring production of the renowned Newtown wagon. 
Stephens City is remarkable because it has retained its small-town character over two centuries of development and change. As a result, the town has a very high degree of historical integrity that will continue to be featured through renewal and revitalization. 
Amongst all the other small historic towns in the area, you sometimes might dare to dream that time stands still around here...


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Winchester has long been known as the “Apple Capital” surrounded as it is by vast orchards and constituting one of the largest apple export markets of the nation and the largest producing area in Virginia. Winchester is known for its annual spring event, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which draws crowds in excess of 250,000 each year.
We especially love the walking mall in the historic downtown with all it's little boutiques, yummy restaurants and local shops. Grab a treat at "Red Fox  Creamery" and enjoy the stroll all the way to the Splash Pad at the other end of the scenic street.  
As a homeschooling family we also enjoy the huge library and all it has to offer. Everybody is friendly, warm and welcoming. 
A great day trip would also be the "Museum of the Shenandoah Valley" and the "Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum", which is super fun for children!

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Nature's Calling!
Just 10 miles from Moonhaven, Shenandoah National Park is a land bursting with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, fields of wildflowers, and quiet wooded hollows. With over 200,000 acres of protected lands that are haven to deer, songbirds, and black bear, there's so much to explore...and your journey begins right here! The Skyline Drive, which starts in our neighboring town Front Royal, runs its length, and a vast network of trails includes a section of the long-distance Appalachian Trail.
Once you start to explore the park's scenic wonders, chances are you'll want to spend more time to take it all in. Accommodations are conveniently located along Virginia's scenic attraction: Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge, Lewis Mountain Cabins or camping inside the park is also an option. 

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The State Arboretum of Virginia is part of Blandy Experimental Farm, a research field station for the University of Virginia. The Arboretum collection includes the largest variety of boxwood cultivars in North America and more than half the world's pine species as well as a Virginia Native Plant Trail, an herb garden, extensive collections of perennials, a native plant meadow, and more.
The collection emphasizes native trees and woody shrubs and their exotic relatives. A 3-mile loop drive, walking trails, and a 4-mile bridle trail offer many choices for visitors. The arboretum is open to the public dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, at no charge.

It also makes for one of the most beautiful - a true favorite - local locations for outdoor maternity sessions! 


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Local farms are fun stops for tasty fruit, produce, and other treats. They also invite a scenic drive on country roads. Richard’s Fruit Market is a fifth-generation farm (there were three-generations on site when we stopped by). They sell their own produce, meats, and of course, fruit at the farm stand. They also have a pick-your-own flower garden, animals to visit, and a very cool apple grader that buffs and sorts the apples.
Another popular farm stop is Marker-Miller Orchards and Farm Market. The on-site bakery makes yummy apple cider donuts, and there’s a large playground out back for the kids. Look for the big apple near the parking lot for a fun photo spot. The Homestead Farm at Fruit Hill Orchard is a smaller farm with a lovely organic garden and a shop selling gifts and treats.

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