Sunnybrook Farm

Ten two letter words to always remember, 'IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME'  Therefore, plan your work and work your plan, just don't let a tree jump out in front of your plan.

                                                                                                        - Frank Vance -


Site of Wiseman's Old Sunnybrook Farm


William E. Wiseman was one of the first white settlers of Avery County and a Revolutionary War Soldier.  William Wiseman's plantation was known as Sunnybrook Farm.  Suunybrook Farm was named for the stream which flows near where the old homestead once stood.  You can reach the old Sunnybrook Farm from Spruce Pine, North Carolina by going north on Highwy 19E for about 5 miles.  On the Sunnybrook Farm William maintained a good orchard.  William Wiseman's house no longer stands.  The Wiseman family cemetery was located at the southern end of the family garden.  William was buried in an eight foot deep grave to prevent the wolves from digging up his body.  The cemetery area was paved over by the highway and the graves were never moved.  In the 1940's several great grandchildren got money together to erect a proper tombstone for their famous ancestor.  It sits beside the road.  Standing at the marker, if you measure 36 feet into the highway you are on the grave of William Wiseman.




The Story of William Wiseman  


Hand Pointing - Right


William's son, Alexander Wiseman, who took care of William in his old age inherited Sunnybrook Farm.  He in turn left the farm to his son, Stanhope Carson Wiseman.  Stanhope married Nanetta Childs, the daughter of the neighboring Plantation owner, Albertus D. Childs.  
Stanhope Carson Wiseman  Nanetta Childs Wiseman


"Stan and Nan" were married at Sunnybrook Farm on April 16, 1876.  About 1885, Stanhope and Nanetta left Sunnybrook Farm to move west, taking with them the famous Wiseman heirlooms, which included an old ledger book  written by William.  Stanhope died of typhoid in Sarcoxie, Missouri on November 4, 1893 at the young age of 41.  His pregnant widow, Nanetta, had five other children at the time.  A few years later, struggling with her young family, she moved to the Pecos Valley in New Mexico.  The Wiseman family owes much to this poor widow who struggled to make ends meet with her large family,  yet so carefully preserved the Wiseman heirlooms for all the generations to come.  


Cemetery Fence

Scenes From Sunnybrook

The current house on Sunnybrook Farm was built in the last half of the 19th century by Jesse and Augusta Wiseman Green.              

Tombstone of William Wiseman of

 Revolutionary Fame





Buy the book, "A Wiseman's Story" by Thomas Chapman at  the Avery County Museum Store