The Ezekiel Emerson Farm
now know as
Apple Hill Farm
National Register of Historic Places Registration #01001284, US Dept. of Interior, National Park Service
The Circa 1840 Ezekiel Emerson Farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a typical 1840’s Vermont self sustaining family farm supporting diverse agricultural activities. A small dairy operation was present then and the original miking parlor with wooden stanchions and feed bins is still intact and perfectly preserved on the second floor of the old 3 story bank barn. The old milk house is also still present & now used for garden tools. Draft horses and other farm animals were housed in the barn and hay was stored on the third floor just as it is today. 1800’s agriculture was primarily potatoes as evidenced by the remaining foundation of an old potato barn.
The 66.1 acre Ezekiel Emerson Farm, now know as Apple Hill, has served many owners during its 174 year history. Here's a few of the uses this historic farm has witnessed in its past or may again serve in the future:
- Originally in the mid 1800's through mid 1900's as a sustainable homestead supporting small dairy & varied agriculture.
- Currently as private residence & equine farm with renovated orchard providing wild lost apples to a local craft cider maker .
- Apple Hill Morgans as a small Morgan Horse breeding farm.
- Apple Hill Alpacas as an Alpaca farm & breeding.
- Bed & breakfast. The house had a renovation in 2000 to be totally compliant with Vt. Sate B&B law standards & operated as a B&B for a few years. Vermont requires higher construction standards for B&B's than normal residences for electric, septic, safety & other systems.
- Sheep farm.
- Family homestead.
- Ski lodge.
- Antique business. Main road frontage & almost 6,000 sf of tri-level historic barn.
- Tree farm. Parts of the 66 acres are in current use as productive sustainable woodland. Many species of soft & harwoods abound along with well over 150 heirloom apple trees of various variety. An existing old growth maple sugarbush exists supplying the existing maple sugar house producing around 25 gallons annual as a hobby. Over 75 new-growth sugar maple trees, currentley 6"-12" diameter, are in defined-area cultivation as future sugarbush. Five acres have been previously clearcut and prepared for potential christmas tree or other tree species planting.