North Mountain is located on 400 mountainous acres of apple orchards and woodlands in the Eastern Panhandle area of West Virginia, in Back Creek Valley near the small town of Shanghai. From the middle of the 19th century until the beginning of the 21st, the property was one of many active apple farms in the region. Now the apple trees primarily feed wildlife, along with the occasional passing resident. Walking trails on the property lead to old orchards, a pond, and forests of oaks, maples, and sycamores.

We provide comfortable studio and living space in a three-story house. A kitchen, living/dining room, outdoor deck, and fire pit, act as common areas of the house. Residents have their own bedroom and studio, and either a private or shared bathroom.

There are three dedicated studio spaces, each with work surfaces, chairs, lighting, power strips, and storage space. The upstairs studio is suitable for dry work, writing, research, photo and video editing, architecture, sound, etc. The main floor studio is suitable for various wet and dry media. The basement studio functions as an experimental media studio, supporting simple printmaking and photography.

The well-equipped kitchen has a large island, two sinks, and is equipped with a good selection of cooking tools and basic pantry staples.

Our library has collections of literature and reference; graphic arts, typography, printmaking, and photography; architecture and urban/space planning; and ecology and Appalachian culture.

The house has both heating and air-conditioning, as well as laundry facilities.

Internet and cellphone access is limited in both speed and reliability. There is wifi in the house for basic communications, and a shared phone that residents are welcome to use. We do not receive broadcast television.

The kitchen, dining/living room, porch/decks, and outdoor areas are common spaces for all to share. We clean the house before and after each residency session, but not during the session – we expect residents to work together to maintain a livable space.

Residents are not expected to have their own vehicle, but should understand that North Mountain is in a rural location and the nearest town is seven miles away (about a 20-minute drive) – access to shopping or entertainment is limited. Residents without vehicles should be prepared to spend most of their time on site. We are happy to coordinate with residents who need rides to and from nearby airports, bus stations, and train stations, as well as shopping and other errands during residency sessions.

The front yard of the residency house opens onto forested hillsides and rough trails
Natural light serves visual practices in the first floor studio.
A collection of books on design and Appalachian history & ecology aid research in the upstairs studio.
The media studio is designed with digital and print-related practices in mind.
Media-based practices benefit from the media studio’s large table space and openness.
The front orchard is one of several retired orchard blocks.
The pond contemplates recreation and wildlife.
Residents prepare their own meals and have full use of the kitchen.
The living room makes space for conversation and research.
The back deck faces Back Creek Valley.
Wildflowers bloom during spring and summer months.
Many roads found on the property have declined into wide trails.
Residencies occur seasonally, generally running from May to September.

For current photos of the site in use, and more information about our current residents, visit our news page.