Juniper Hill Farm
Originally, the farm at Juniper Hill encompassed close to 600 acres. Today, it is a mere 30 acres of combined pasture and woodland. The land around the farm, like so much farmland and woodland in New England, is criss-crossed everywhere with granite field-stone walls, most of which were constructed when pastures were hurriedly cleared during the "merino sheep craze" of the early-to-mid 1800's. When the market price of merino wool shot through the roof, farmers who had been barely stitching together a living on this rough New Hampshire soil responded accordingly and quickly readied their farms and pasture land for this new breed of money-making sheep first imported from Spain.
|"Can't remember--did I sleep here?'|
"The house was built in 1789, the same year George Washington was elected president"
|photo by Andrea Geesaman|
|photo by Karl Smizer|
Over the years, additions were added here and there so that house, barns and sheds were eventually all connected (smart planning for getting through snow-filled New England winters). Today the floor plan of the house resembles what is often referred to as a New England big house--little house--back house--barn. When we restored the house in the early 1990's, the goal was to keep as many of the original features as possible except the plumbing, the poison ivy that practically covered the barn, and the landscaper who, instead of tackling things like the poison ivy, spent most of the work day sleeping in his truck.
|photo by Andrea Geesaman|
For more details on endangered breeds, and on The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, click on the links above.
|photos by John Hession|
The farm, house and gardens at Juniper Hill were recently the cover feature of New Hampshire Home Magazine
Who needs a watchdog when you've got a Randall? She (?) looks like a skunk snuck into the barn. But I just want to comment on your Event calendar...How on earth are we expected to keep our Carbon Footprints in check faced with this tempting list of places to go and things to do?ReplyDelete
Lovely home... and your garden blog is promising to be a regular read for me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts... and my what a good writer you are so far!ReplyDelete
Hi Tovah: The Randall is actually a "he." Well, sort of. "He" is an ox and, yes, all the kids around the village call the Randalls "skunk cattle." They have a look very much like Lineback cattle, which have a similar coloring and also the white stripe down the middle of the back. I agree with you..if I would attend all the gardening events I'd like to, there's no way I could claim to be "green.!"ReplyDelete
Hi Holly: Thank you for the kind words and I'm happy to hear you'll be checking in on us from time to time!ReplyDelete