Beaverdam Farm was owned by Barnaby J. Howard, son of a British lord, who grew up to be a pilot with the U.S. Navy during World War II and later a farmer in Southern Rhodesia.
He established a ranch near the town of Umtali. Though it was in rough bush and the haunt of baboons and leopards, he built a house with the mud of the land, put in a water supply and a road.
In addition to raising a family, running his cattle ranch, cultivating tobacco, and running a small medical clinic, he was appointed to the Commission on Forestry and Conservation, while beginning a multitude of business ventures. By the early 60’s the political situation had deteriorated in Rhodesia and he became disenchanted with the government. Amidst political turmoil, he left in 1965.
- James Gavin