Welcome to Shenandoah Acres website. Bill and I, purchased this small farm over 15 years ago, and that is when all the hard work began. Each year we made improvements, starting with the house, and then the barn. Our dream was to live in the country with our two children, Nicole and Troy, and have a few animals. Nicole got her first horse, a mini named Prarie Star’s Shenandoah, “Buddy”. He was only 4 months old. Shortly after I received my birthday present, a 6 week old baby goat. I named her Isabelle.
Next came the chickens, more rabbits, and a horse we named Morgan. Well, the work on the house stopped, up went the chicken coop, and a rabbit house, a loft for hay, and a bigger fence. Before long, we had ducks, and another mini horse. I shared my love for animals with my children, and had a strong desire to share them with other people. I wanted to bless others with what the Lord had blessed me with, and share my passion with them. It started with family and friends coming over to spend a day at the farm. We always had fun. The next thing I was asked to bring some of our animals to church for a picnic, and to the nursing home where my mother volunteered, and I use to go and help as I was growing up. I can’t even begin to explain the joy I felt inside to see how happy it made the people feel. What an awesome experience for my children and I. I surprised Troy with a piglet, he named Arnold.
Family and friends started encouraging me to start a business. I decided to give it a whirl. I purchased my llama, and started providing petting farms, and we started giving cart rides with Buddy, and pony rides with Morgan. During this time my friend and I started a horse 4h club. I was already a horse show mom, now a 4h leader. My experience grew, and I had an awesome opportunity to work at the Kelkenberg farm. I helped with pony rides, and farm tours. It was the highlight of my day. I learned a lot. I am still a 4h leader, and each year my business grows. I have added to my petting farm, and to my business, educational lectures, birthday parties, nursing home visits, farm tours, and this year will be our fourth year for “Animal Farm Days”, a hands on learning experience.
All of our animals are clean, friendly, and love attention. We maintain a clean and safe environment to ensure both the safety of our guests and our animals. We are family owned and operated.