The buildings at Farmington are unlike those of any other country club. To fully appreciate their historical and architectural significance, one must understand what they were. Now the Clubhouse, the main house was a spacious plantation house with an elongated wing that contained several guest rooms for the Divers’ extended family. The farm buildings consisted of rows of box stalls for horses (since converted to locker rooms), large barns, and numerous other buildings.
Similar to the all-weather passageway at Monticello, a covered passageway with fascinating flying buttresses led the plantation’s residents from the main house to the stable. This passageway now leads our members and their guests to and from the Clubhouse, Fitness Center, swimming pool, and the Farmington Grill. The Fitness Center and Grill were added in the late 1990s.
Except for the barns and a number of outlying buildings, all of the original buildings have been retained and updated to reflect the luxury of a newer age. The guest wing has been converted into a “Guest Gallery” — a long row of rooms opening onto a balcony that makes for a delightful place to enjoy warm weather. Below and in front of this Gallery is the swimming pool, a very popular place for Farmington families and their guests to relax all summer long.
Since the Club opened in 1929, two additional guest galleries have been added, both in keeping with the original design. One is an extension of the first gallery and rests above what is now The Children’s Place. The second faces the First Tee of the 18-hole golf course and is adjacent to the Farmington Grill.
The main house, or Clubhouse, is a large, impressive brick structure. Through the portico, with its beloved white pillars, one enters the Jefferson Room. The restored and noble Jefferson Room features two large fireplaces for the gathering of Club members. Passing through a hallway one reaches the Library, an inviting room with thousands of books, two additional fireplaces, and beautiful furniture reminiscent of the house’s earlier years.
Past the library are the North Bar and NorthSide, our adult dining and cocktail space that was added in the 1930s and extensively renovated in May 2012. Later additions, such as the Main Dining Room, Ballroom, and additional Guest Rooms, have added much to the original house, and all are in keeping with the colonial architecture.
Along the entire western side of the house is a broad flagged terrace, where members may dine or enjoy a cocktail while admiring the panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the expansive lawn and a portion of the golf course.