Wits End Farm

a family sheep farm featuring rare Bluefaced Leicesters and their fiber


Many days, we are here on the farm.  Call ahead and we'll set up a time that suits both of us.

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A proud member of the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, Wits End Farm is located in the eastern part of Rappahannock County, just two miles off Highway 211.

Home to Dave and Cathie Shiff, Wits End Farm is a 22-acre family farm where traditions of the past find new life. Located in the heart of Virginia Apple Country, Dave uses local fruit to craft dry and semi-dry cider in the French Tradition. He is partnering with talented local mead makers, Dennis Kelly and Mary Graham, to launch an artisanal cider and mead enterprise. For centuries, the Shenandoah Valley region was home to thousands of sheep. Honoring that tradition, Cathie raises beautiful Bluefaced Leicester and Border Leicester sheep for, among other things, their lustrous fiber. Fleeces are shorn every seven or eight months, and the fiber is then washed and combed into spinning fibers or spun into unique yarns. As she hand dyes the fibers, Cathie finds inspiration in the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside her studio


Cathie Shiff




369 Hinsons Ford Rd
Amissville, VA 20106

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