While Kentlands' stately late 20th century Manor House is a relative newcomer to the rich farm land once known as Cedar Hall Farm, it enjoys an important place in the history of the scenic Shenandoah Valley with it's pre-Civil War dependencies and the story of the family who built this magnificent home before gifting it to The Kentland Foundation, Inc..
Helene D. Kent (1918-1994), adopted daughter of prominent Washington, D.C. attorney, Otis Beall Kent (1884-1972), settled on this breathtaking spot in the cradle of the Blue Ridge upon the sale of her family farm in Maryland, which later became the widely hailed neo-traditional Town of Kentlands.
Otis Beall Kent harbored a profound love for nature and in 1942, amassed over 1000 acres in Gaithersburg, Maryland, dedicating his entire farm to wildlife conservation. Kent's passion for collecting and preserving extended to music, art, rare stamps, coins and gems, contributing world renowned collections to the Smithsonian in the mid-20th century. In 1967, he established the charitable non-profit known as The Kentland Foundation, Inc. to ensure the longevity of his life-long dream of "paying it forward."
Helene D. Kent expanded her father's legacy of philanthropy, making contributions to hospitals, parks, schools, churches and many community programs in her time as president of The Kentland Foundation, Inc.. In relocating to the tranquil Shenandoah Valley, she sought to provide a rural retreat for those who would visit - a respite from the every day stresses of life and hustle and bustle of the city. Thus, the name: Kentlands at Sans Souci. - a moniker inspired by Frederick the Great's palace at Potsdam, Germany. Sans Souci is French for "without care or concern."
Today, the Kentland Foundation, Inc. and Kentland Farms in Berryville, are managed by seven siblings who are the fourth generation running the family business. They invite you to endow this gracious estate with your own precious occasions, inscribing your names and memories onto the pages of the rich book of history known as "The Kentlands."