Orchard View Lavender Farm

Not your ordinary barnyard, Orchard View is more like a historic homestead.

Orchard View Lavender Farm is the latest chapter in the story told by ten acres of land along Karrsville Road in Port Murray. Jim Hamway, who grew up around the corner, bought the parcel when it came up for sale in 1989, having fond boyhood memories of playing in the fields and fishing in the pond. An accomplished builder, he began renovating the old house on the site, and was astonished to discover that it was originally a log home that dated to 1765. Encouraged by the property’s heritage, Jim not only meticulously restored the home, but began adding buildings inspired by his admiration for the work at Colonial Williamsburg. Stately trees rise above a manicured lawn that stretches below the restored home, with barns, courtyards, gazebo, even a summer kitchen—all in the familiar classic architecture of early America—realizing Hamway’s vision of the ideal home.

Two years ago, Jim and his wife, Monica, decided that their life would be even better with lavender. A classic, old-world flowering plant, lavender conforms perfectly with the ornamental taste of Orchard View, whose fields provide full sun, a well-drained rocky slope and a soil easily adjusted to the acidity most hospitable to the shrub-like perennials. Eight varieties have established themselves at the farm, all of which will grow to maturity at three years. Already, however, yet another building has risen to house a complete array of lavender products. Culinary uses are represented by iced tea, organic lavender honey, brownies, cookies, salts, peppers and sugars. There are lotions and bath salts for the body, as well as sachets, candles and dried bundles. Soon all of these products will originate in the fields just outside the shop’s doors.

Beyond browsing in the shop, visitors are invited to bring a picnic, explore the property, take some pictures, and learn a little about lavender!

Orchard View Lavender Farm is located at 101 Karrsville Road in Port Murray. Visit them On Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, 10am - 5pm. For more information, check their website or call 201-341-8147.

Bring your camera; its not hard to get some nice photos!

Nearby accommodations and attractions

  • Blairstown Museum
  • View original artifacts, postcards, and correspondence that illustrate the history of the township and its inhabitants, including former resident and namesake John Insley Blair. Museum collections are on display on a rotating basis throughout the year, and lovely gift shop items are supplied and crafted by local companies and artists.

    26 Main Street, Blairstown 07825, 908/362-1371

  • Delaware River Family Campground
  • Located on the Delaware River near the Delaware Water Gap, where you?ll enjoy raft, canoe, kayak or tube trips, the campground offers trailer and tent campsites as well as trailer and cabin rentals.

    100 Route 46, Columbia 07832, 800/543-0271

    Located on the Delaware River near the Delaware Water Gap, where you?ll enjoy raft, canoe, kayak or tube trips, the campground offers trailer and tent campsites as well as trailer and cabin rentals.

    100 Route 46, Columbia 07832, 800/526-2267

  • 4 Track
  • Bike Sales, Service and Rentals - Hiking Gear and Supplies - Model Trains and Hobby Supply. Located on historic Main Street in Blairstown, 4 Track is only 1/8 mile from the Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail, a beautiful 26 mile cinder bed flat rail-trail, perfect for cycling or hiking! 4 Track is also a great starting point for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail with a full supply of gear and maps.

    15 Main St , Blairstown 07825, 908-362-5699

  • Knot Just Flies
  • Expert personal service on the banks of the Paulinskill. Fishing tackle, live bait, hunting and fishing licenses, guns and ammo, archery supplies. Fly fishing lessons, and guided trips.

    61 State Route 94, Blairstown 07825, 908/362-3474

  • Shippen Manor Museum
  • Restored c.1754 stone ironmaster’s home associated with Oxford Furnace. Colonial and Victorian rooms, costumed docents, open-hearth cooking, period music. Open first and second Sundays, 1-4pm. Genealogy library also open Mondays, 9-12. Special programs for schools.

    8 Belvidere Ave, Oxford 07863, 908/453-4381

More...