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Our Story

an English-inspired village on a former dairy farm

Our Story

Located just eight miles south of the quintessential college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Fearrington seamlessly blends the old with the new, offering a distinct sense of place with the unexpected.

R.B. & Jenny Fitch

R.B. & Jenny Fitch, 1983

The story of Fearrington is the story of a historic farm, the families that maintained it, and one couple who redefined it. This couple, R.B. and Jenny Fitch, melded a wealth of experiences, patience and care to bring to life a village that offers warm personality and a new definition of hospitality, style and beauty. They assembled a team of individuals whose remarkable dedication and spirit of cooperation built a thriving Village. For decades they relentlessly experimented until it felt just right.

The community was named to honor the stewardship of Jesse Fearrington and his forebears. A particular appeal of the property for the Fitches was the opportunity to assemble a “coming together place” set amidst the farm structures where one could pick up daily necessities, visit with friends, and enjoy a tranquil setting. Together they renovated the Fearrington family homestead to become The Fearrington House Restaurant, designed and built The Fearrington House Inn and slowly the Village as it stands today came to life.

Jenny discussed the atmosphere they wanted to foster at Fearrington in a 1992 interview: “I hope that guests feel very comfortable while they’re here—whether they’re at the Restaurant or the Inn—that there’s nothing ostentatious there, but a comfort that makes them want to return.”

Read more about Fearrington’s history here.

Meet The Fitch Family

Fearrington Developer and General Contractor R.B. Fitch

R.B. Fitch, Developer

R.B. and his late wife, Jenny, purchased the Fearrington dairy farm in 1974 and soon started converting the farm and surrounding land into a country village. The original farm house and outbuildings now house the shops and restaurants of the village center, while over 1,200 families have homes nestled in the surrounding woodlands and fields. Learn more about R.B. Fitch.

Greg Fitch

Greg Fitch, Vice President

Well before Fearrington existed, Greg worked for his father part time after school starting in the 1970s. After Fearrington began (and he could drive), he started working at the former farm, busing tables and mowing lawns. He went off to college, worked in the White House under President George H.W. Bush, and earned an MBA from Northwestern University. He then spent a decade working in New York, most recently for Random House, Inc. Greg Fitch rejoined the family business in 2006. He is currently president of the Botanical Garden Foundation, a not for profit which supports the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Keebe Fitch

Keebe Fitch, Secretary/Treasurer

Keebe has been a part of the family business since the early 1980s. In 1989, Keebe opened McIntyre’s Books, one of the South’s most celebrated independent bookstores, and continues to manage the store. In addition to earning a B.A. in History from UNC, she received an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003.

What People Are Saying

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Certificate of Excellence winner

2017 Certificate of Excellence

Best of the Triangle, Wine List

Indy best of triangle 2017

Best of Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator Best Of Award Of Excellence 2017

Certificate of Excellence Winner

2017 Certificate of Excellence

Best of the Triangle, Bed & Breakfast

2017 Certificate of Excellence

AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

Semi-finalist list for Best Chef Southeast

2017 Diners' Choice Restaurant

Diners' Choice Award 2017

Best Wine Lists in the World with highest possible ranking of three stars

Gold Medal Restaurant

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Chapel Hill Best Of, Best Service and Best Upscale Restaurant

Chapel Hill magazine best of 2016

Readers' Choice Award

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Best of Chapel Hill, Best Hotel

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