About the Foundation

About the Foundation

Located in the scenic valley of Shoal Creek in Yancey County, we are located on twelve acres of prime farmland just three miles from downtown Burnsville. The descendants of Strawbridge and Martha Wilson Young, one of the region’s founding families, settled this property now known as the Young HomePlace more than 180 years ago.

The HomePlace features panoramic views of Young’s Knob as well as the reconstructed Josiah and Frances Ray Young Cabin (circa 1847).

This cabin, with its notable frontier architectural style, is furnished with items dating from the nineteenth century meant to demonstrate the lifestyle of the families during that time. The East and West wings of the Cabin are separated by a covered dogtrot, which provided cross ventilation and served as a work area. The second story of the cabin features a well-preserved sleeping loft. The cabin is currently open for visitors.

The Strawbridge and Martha Wilson Young Foundation is a nonprofit organization located on the grounds of the historic Young HomePlace farm. Its mission is to know and preserve the legacy of the pioneer families who settled this region and to enable descendants, students, researchers, and tourist to experience how they lived.