Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bennett-Kelly Farm

Miss Carol gave me a tour of her farm this afternoon. I loved it. It is so beautiful. These are the maple trees she planted in 1976. They're on our property, technically, as is the farm driveway. We told Miss Carol she could still use it (since it is an easment to her property).
The house is 200 years old, with two additions. It had some beautiful woodwork in it. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also in preservation, and can never be subdivided. It is only 10 acres now, but used to be huge.
Miss Carol has 4 Morgan horses, one of which is a World Champion. She is also a leading expert on Angus cattle, having spent many years raising and judging them. She filled me with lots of stories of visiting the Eisenhower ranch, Jimmy Cagney's ranch, and having Thanksgiving with her father's college buddy, Adlai Stevenson. (They didn't vote for him, despite their close friendship!) She is truly living history, and it was a pleasure to spend a beautiful afternoon with her. You can see a picture of her mother over the couch on the left.
She has a beautiful old barn for the horses. They are retired now and very spoiled. They get lots of apples, carrots and love.

Here are three of her four horses. Their names are Coco Chanel, Designer Genes, Bali Ha'i and Bamberry Cross. It was beautiful watching them run in the pasture. 
And, last but not least, here are Piper Laurie and Katie siting on the mounting block in front of the old house. They might be a little spoiled (loved), too, but are very good dogs!


  1. Sooooooo pretty! I want one of her horsies!

  2. You really do have some beautiful land all about you to enjoy!