IT"S BEEN OUR FAMILY HOME FOR GENERATIONS

History

In the late 1930s our father, grandfather, and now great-grandfather purchased these three acres on Barger Pond.  An ardent kayaker, he had spent his summers fishing, camping, and kayaking in the Adirondacks.  Wanting something closer to New York City that he could use on weekends, he first built the ‘shed’ in 1939 as his cabin in the woods.  He began planting an orchard filled with apples, pears, peaches, plums, and cherries; some of those trees are still standing today.  He planted the first of his pine trees which still border the property; they would be the first of over 10,000 trees that he raised from seed and sold as Blue Spruce Farm.

In 1950, newly married, he built the original cottage and with a new baby on the way began the extension in 1952.  His interest in self-sufficiency and organic gardening continued with the addition of grapes and blueberries; his rhubarb patch is still producing fifty years later. In the 1960s he purchased the adjoining two acres, known as the hayfields, where he raised his produce in his 1800 sq. ft. garden.  Although there was no livestock, he did produce honey from his half-dozen hives.

He made wine and beer; he built boats and did his own smoking of meats, fish, and poultry. Fresh milk and eggs were purchased from the Gardineer farmhouse at the beginning of Finnerty Road as well as the cow manure for fertilizing the garden.  Hay was cut and gathered every year to use as mulch. Over the years, each and every one of us has gotten our hands dirty in the soil.

So there are a lot of memories and hard work that went into this property. The cottage renovations began during the late 1990s; the ‘big house’ was built in 1987. The garden is still being cultivated and the fruit trees are being replenished.  No matter what time of year or where you stand in the cottage you will have a view of nature that surrounds you and reminds us all that “Nature is not a place to visit.  It is home.” (Gary Snyder )

About Our Cottage

In the late 1930s our father, grandfather, and now great-grandfather purchased these three acres on Barger Pond.  An ardent kayaker, he had spent his summers fishing, camping, and kayaking in the Adirondacks.  Wanting something closer to New York City that he could use on weekends, he first built the ‘shed’ in 1939 as his cabin in the woods.  He began planting an orchard filled with apples, pears, peaches, plums, and cherries; some of those trees are still standing today.  He planted the first of his pine trees which still border the property; they would be the first of over 10,000 trees that he raised from seed and sold as Blue Spruce Farm.

In 1950, newly married, he built the original cottage and with a new baby on the way began the extension in 1952.  His interest in self-sufficiency and organic gardening continued with the addition of grapes and blueberries; his rhubarb patch is still producing fifty years later. In the 1960s he purchased the adjoining two acres, known as the hayfields, where he raised his produce in his 1800 sq. ft. garden.  Although there was no livestock, he did produce honey from his half-dozen hives.

He made wine and beer; he built boats and did his own smoking of meats, fish, and poultry. Fresh milk and eggs were purchased from the Gardineer farmhouse at the beginning of Finnerty Road as well as the cow manure for fertilizing the garden.  Hay was cut and gathered every year to use as mulch. Over the years, each and every one of us has gotten our hands dirty in the soil.

So there are a lot of memories and hard work that went into this property. The cottage renovations began during the late 1990s; the ‘big house’ was built in 1987. The garden is still being cultivated and the fruit trees are being replenished.  No matter what time of year or where you stand in the cottage you will have a view of nature that surrounds you and reminds us all that “Nature is not a place to visit.  It is home.” (Gary Snyder )