Sam Beall, 1976-2016
Beall was born at Blackberry Farm and made it his home until his untimely passing in February 2016. As the late proprietor, Sam honored his parents by protecting and evolving the unique place that they originally discovered in 1976. During his leadership, the farm saw the evolution of the Farmstead, the Wellhouse, expansion of retail program, the creation of two new restaurants, and the accumulation of accolades ranging from Travel + Leisure’s Number 1 hotel in North America, Bon Appetit’s #1 Hotel for Food Lovers, and three James Beard Awards. Today, his wife and Proprietor, Mary Celeste, and their five children, live on the farm and continue to carry out his legacy. Blackberry Farm is, to the family, not simply a business, but their life, and they bring equal measures of passion, celebration and knowledge to Blackberry Farm and the effort to continue to raise the level of service and experience to new heights.