Location: 39495 St. Clair Rd. Pomeroy, Ohio 45769
Conceived in 1989 by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen, The Fur Peace Ranch is nestled in the rolling foothills of southeast Ohio.
It was not much at the outset. The hills and trees were pretty and serene, but it took a lively imagination to envision what might be created there, what might be taught and learned, and how hearts could open along with guitar cases.
But in 1989, Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen looked at a piece of land in Meigs and conceived what Jorma calls “a ranch that grows guitar players.” Not a fantasy camp, but this would be a place where both budding and seasoned musicians could immerse themselves for several days, and emerge with renewed inspiration and tangible progress in their music.
Fur Peace Ranch did not spring from the ground full-grown. It evolved gradually into an idyllic landscape of neatly arrayed cabins, workshop space, library, store, dining hall, plus a theater that hosts concerts performed by world-class musicians — many of whom also serve as instructors.
Jorma and Vanessa could not have known in 1989 that their music-farm would germinate as it has, with a following of more than 3,000 “repeat offenders”, and serve as springboard for forging deep new friendships. Ask someone who has been to the ranch a few times and you’ll hear, not entirely in jest, that this is home– and the rest is just time in-between. Come be a guest in this land of musical peace.
New York Times Photo Story of the Fur Peace Ranch.