The current care-takers and owners of the Dixon Family Farm are Jeff and Claudinne Miller. Jeff’s mom’s maiden name was Dixon, and the house and farm have been in the family for generations. Read about the amazing history on our B&B website here.
Jeff and Claudinne were working and living in Europe when Jeff’s mother passed away in April, just three years and one day after Jeff’s father suddenly passed away. We traveled back and forth from Germany to the farmhouse in Southern Maryland trying to maintain the property. The family farmhouse had a hole in the roof, and rain was pouring into large pots we left in place on the occasional trip we made home. The farm and barn were being swallowed up by vines, trees, and weeds without anyone there to tend to the land. We had planned on moving to Italy after Germany, to continue working and enjoying the amazing adventures Europe had to offer. Plans changed.
The decision came after a night with our friends on our rooftop, we were drinking gin ,and serenading our German neighbors to Kenny Chesney songs. More about that night in a blog post here.
In October 2019 it was time to move back to the States, and dive head first into a new adventure; farming and inn-keeping. I was literally Googling “how to be a farmer” on the plane headed to Maryland. Jeff has a Ph.d, and 23 years in the USMC. In his current job he responds to international disasters for USAID/OFDA. Claudinne is an emerging infectious disease researcher for the University of Nebraska Med Center… this should be easy, right? Follow our adventures on our Farm Blog.