At the farm, we our doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint by using renewable and locally supplied wood and wood pellets to deliver approximately 50% of the heating needs for the greenhouses. Buying your plants locally at a farm such as ours helps keep farms viable and prevents the pollution of plants from being shipped on trucks from several states away. We have almost all the plants you will need to make your garden grow right here. Let's all do our part to preserve open space and historical farms for future generations.
The farmstead that the farm operates on has a rich history dating back to before the Revolutionary War. Some of the barns on the farm, like the one pictured here, were built beginning in the late 1760s and were expanded and added onto several times throughout the 1800s and 1900s to accommodate a growing farm or to store more hay or grain for farm animals. All of the land was once plowed either by horse or oxen until the advent of tractors in the early 1900s. The farm has been home to countless animals over its rich history, most recently with dairy cows in the 1960s and sheep, chickens, and turkeys in the 1970s and 80s. Unfortunately, due to constraints of time and money, the farm no longer has animals, but has now focused on growing potted flowering plants year round.
The barns are still used today for such things as storage of pots and supplies, and for a winter wreath shop. Make sure to peek inside at the hand hewn beams that were put together using wooden pegs and mortise and tenon joints. The stone wall outside our geranium greenhouse is built on the foundation of an older building (that was either moved, burned down, or fell down) with the original rocks. Our farmhouse has housed many generations of families over the years and we have recently learned that it was home to freed slaves after the Civil War and to Native Americans and to a teacher who taught at the one room schoolhouse about a half mile away. The schoolhouse is still there and has recently been preserved by Mercer County.
Much of the land on Valley Road has been preserved by either the sale of development rights or by outright purchase over the last 15 yrs. Valley Road used to be the home of Belle Mountain Ski Area, operated by the Mercer County Park Commission and also is the home of the Howell Living History Farm which showcases farming and farm life in the early 1900s. Anyone interested in learning more about horses, oxen, how barns were built, how ice was cut and stored for use year round, who wants to see farm animals including chickens, geese, and sheep or has any other questions about the area and its rich history should plan to visit there. Valley Road, Cedar Hill Farm, and the surrounding countryside is truly a destination.
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