24126 Kansas 7 Highway  |  Fontana, KS  66026
(202) 487-6742  |  stay@netherfieldnaturalfarm.com

The Vance family moved from Illinois to Kansas in 1865 to homestead on this property.  They worked the land (cattle ranching and family farming) and most likely lived in a simple cabin-like home until 1882, when they built this house (it appears our kitchen area is built on the foundation of the original structure).  Our guest rooms are named in honor of the original family:  Jesse and Rhoda Vance (the parents), son William and his wife, Edna, daughter Mary, and son Bert.  The Vance grandchildren held on to the farm until 1949.

When we moved to this house, we gave it the name of Netherfield, after one of the main locations in Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, one of our favorite stories.  Even our chickens and other birds are named after Pride and Prejudice characters.