Sweet Valley Ranch is a USDA licensed farm located on 300 acres in Fayetteville, North Carolina, owned and operated by Fred & Anita Surgeon. The Surgeon’s have strong roots in agriculture, livestock, and other aspects of farming. The land was rugged and completely overgrown when they purchased it in September of 2016.
The property includes over 60 acres of protected wetlands. There are 4 ponds on-site. Three ponds are located in the “Queen’s Landing” area (named for Anita Surgeon) There is a 2,000 square foot office building, tiny house/gift shop- “Pecan Lodge”, Log Cabin- “Queen’s Landing Cabin”, (7) livestock animal paddocks (Barron Field, Betray Paddock, Charleston Field, Mouse Alley, Pear Tree Field, Sunnyside Field and Windmill Field), 1,800 square foot multi-purpose building- “Cattleman’s Loft”, 2,400 state-of-the-art outdoor Pavilion- Queen’s Landing Pavilion 3,800 square foot hay barn, roadside stand, climate controlled small animal shelter, multiple animal barns, dog kennel, 25 acres of hay fields, Pigeon Loft, Peacock Aviary, Macaw Aviary, several chicken coops, gazebo and 6,000 square foot base camp area.
The following animals are raised at Sweet Valley Ranch: Quarter Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, Draft Horses, Miniature Horses, Ponies, Miniature Ponies, Donkeys, Miniature Donkeys, Llamas, Angus Cows, Brahma Bull, Water Buffalo, HighPark Cattle, Highland Cattle, Patagonians, Pot Belly Pigs, Zebra, Zedonks, Zebu, Camel, Miniature Longhorn, Macaws, four different species of Ducks, Fainting Goats, six different species of Chickens, Turkeys, Peacocks, Guineas, six different species of Fancy Pigeons, Lionhead Rabbits, Netherland Dwarf rabbits, Burmese Star Tortoise, Great Pyrenees, and Miniature Australian Shepherds. Sweet Valley Ranch is one of a few breeders in North Carolina of the highly sought-after Savanna Goat. The farm contains over 350 animals that originate from five different continents.
Sweet Valley Ranch can host weddings, birthday parties, family reunions and corporate events. Guided farm tours are available weekly. Sweet Valley Ranch offers the Cedar Creek Haunted Farm and Festival of Lights attractions annually.
There is a Pecan Orchard that produces several varieties of pecans annually. Approximately seventy-five acres is being utilized for commercial farming purposes. The items grown commercially are: tobacco, cotton, soybeans and sweet potatoes.
There is a working saw mill utilized to make finished boards for use on the farm or to be sold. Some of these boards can be found in the “Queen’s Landing Cabin”
Sweet Valley Ranch is a working farm that utilizes a variety of equipment and vehicles. The most treasured of all the equipment is a 1956 Farmall Tractor. Fred Surgeon received this tractor upon his father’s (David Surgeon, Jr.) death in 2016. The tractor originally belonged to his Grandfather and has been in the family for over 60 years. The tractor was shipped to a repair shop in Connecticut and was completely restored.
The ranch includes over 3 miles of horseback riding trails, ATV trails, Go-Cart trails and hiking trails.