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built and made by the Jones family and their children. The Jones’ son Allen hand planted many of the pine trees found on the property. But some features of the farm predate the Jones family, with one barn on the property thought to be one of, if not the oldest, poplar barn in West Virginia. The barn is made completely of poplar and wooden pegs, in a tongue-and-groove style, according to the farm literature. Numerous arrowheads have been found on the property as well, and the property has an old graveyard. “The barn was here a long time before we showed up,” Bill Karnes said. “If you go up to it, you can see where the pioneers hatcheted it, the way they built it. As far as we know, it has been a barn ever since the ‘60s, but who knows it might have been a house, or a church, we do not know. This place has a lot of history to it. Right up here we call Turkey Rock, that used to be the West Virginia and Virginia. line.” At one point, the farm was home to more than 100 heads of cattle, horses, a milk cow, chickens and pigs. Over the decades, the farm became the home of three generations as Woody and Helen’s grandchildren grew up learning the daily tasks of farm life. “My grandparents were big animal lovers too, they were into farming, we had pigs, cows, chickens and horses,” Lisa Karnes said. “My sister, Amy, and I grew up right next door here so we grew up doing all the farm things you can imagine, picking berries, churning kraut, canning vegetables out of the garden...That is pretty much how I grew up, we spent a lot of time outdoors, my parents had goats for a while, but we had trouble with people’s dogs that would end up on our property so that became problematic and they gave up the goat thing.” After some discussion, Lisa and Bill Karnes decided to re-enter the world of goat-keeping at their farm and home of 25 years. “We started out with a few pigmy goats. I have a friend who I graduated kindergarten with named Jeri Elmore and she is our yoga instructor. She and I have been friends for 40 years,” Lisa Karnes said. “She has been a yogi for about 15 years and when I told that we had goats again, she laughed because she remembered us having them as kids. Then she told me that I should consider renting out my goats to these other places because goat yoga is a big up- and-coming thing.” At first, Lisa thought Jeri was kidding, but after some 40 Prerogative Magazine