John and Diane MacPherson spent 13 happy years as innkeepers of the Foster Harris House in little Washington, Virginia. One day in 2016, they went out for a bike ride and, out of the blue, Diane asked John, "What would we do if we weren't running an inn?" The seeds of a new dream started to take shape. They both immediately started to envision a restaurant. And not just your typical restaurant, one that was a culmination of their love of simple, honest food sourced as close as possible to the kitchen. A restaurant small enough to be intimate and welcoming. A restaurant that felt like the dining rooms they visited in the French Alps and the countryside of Slovenia. All they had to do was find the right building, in the right village, make it feel as warm and inviting as a mountain chalet and cook the food true to their hearts. Once the wheels started to turn, they knew it was time to reinvent themselves.
In August of 2017, after selling the Foster Harris House and travelling for two months through Europe gathering ideas and inspiration, they set out to rebuild 20 Main Street in Sperryville. The low slung cinder block box of a building would soon become the two story white stuccoed gem that is now Three Blacksmiths. Renovated in no small part by the trio of John, Diane and sous chef Ethan Taylor, the building was transformed into a space warmed by wood and flickering candles. A wood-fired hearth at the heart of the dining room transforms ingredients into delicious morsels. And the intimacy of seven tables sets just the right tone for a special evening of delicious food and warm hospitality with a hint of European comfort.
Why "Three Blacksmiths?"
A century ago, Sperryville, Virginia was a bustling village of over 300 residents with five general stores, six mills, an apple packing house, a saloon, a barber shop, a pharmacy, and three blacksmiths. It was a time when most things were still made by hand and craftspeople had a direct connection to their handiwork.
Since then, the world has sped up in ways unimaginable to our ancestors, but there'll always be a place for those of us who take pleasure in working with our hands. We wanted to honor a slice of Sperryville’s past and the folks that honed its future. At Three Blacksmiths, instead of forging metal in our open hearth, we’ll be crafting your dinner.