You actually, can’t quite see the large farmhouse with two floors and columns in front that I spent the years from 7th grade till high school graduation in, in this photo. But you can see the little green shed that once housed an actual drivable lawnmower, and the large old green barn in back and even the carriage house is visible. It is about an acre and a half in size, and though you can’t see it in this photo there are several large vegetable gardens and a few fruit trees and even some Rasberry bushes. Behind the property, there is a large bog. When we were kids we used to get all muddy trying to find and learn the path through every year. It was always changing just a little bit…. Today, I have no idea where the stable path through the bog is. I have grown up moved away and traveled and even lived all over the world. But when I come home, this place is always one I need to see.
This used to be an old dairy farm, Green Field Dairy. Before that, it was an old inn. I have always considered it to be mildly haunted. In the barn you can still see the milking station down in the basement, it even has a window where people can watch the process. And behind the milking room…. There is an area that still smells of cows and is full of old junk. Upstairs there used to be a few stalls, there was even a paddock when we bought the place, but we never kept animals there and my father renovated the barn and created a small zen school out there on the ground floor. There is even an attic that is no longer reachable full of nesting birds in spring…. I am not sure what year it happened in, but there was a big fire many years ago, and most of the farm burned to the ground. This single barn, is all that was salvageable and all that was left. It never re-started again as a dairy farm after the fire. Instead, most of the land was sold off to the town and was turned into conservation land. The old bog out back was once fields. The forest and wooded areas too. Today, we love to go out there with our dogs. So, some photos of the boys walking through the ghost of an old dairy farm.
The town, keeps up paths through the old land that was once part of Green Field dairy, several of them. Great place to walk, though there is a muddy season, and at night, you can hear the coyotes singing. During the day it is just beautiful.
All over the ground you find fallen trees, they come down in our large New England winter storms. And slowly it gets claimed by the forest that now stands in the ghost of the old dairy farm fields.
You enter the conservation land that was once Green Field Dairy, by going to the back of the Clark Middle School Field, on the bog side, you eventually come to the beginning of the trails.
There is also what once would have been irrigation systems for the fields, an old stream that runs through haunting the place with the cold melody of lapping of water.
There is even a really nice pine forest. The smell is always fantastic. It has become home to many owls. They leave evidence of themselves on the ground…. I always worry about walking little Avery, through there but the boys really enjoy it…. So…..
Now we will head back along the hidden paths through the old dairy farm that was once so full of life, we will go back to the property where I grew up, going through the secret route from the field over the small mound through the willow trees that opens just behind the old green shed, and head for our car, all of us, the dogs included hungry and tired from several hours walking through the ghost that once was, enjoying the nature of what is now. I am so glad I have gotten to take you to see some of my home. It was very nice to have you. Perhaps one day we can go look at the secret parts of the barn, and the old vegetable gardens and fruit trees….. But that, is another trip home on another day.
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