Pine Croft Farm, 102 Mead Street
Earl Smith and Kathryn Louise Cummings Smith, c. 1928
The house was designed by Earl Smith and architect, Carina Mortimer, in the Colonial Revival style based on a design of a Maine farmhouse, and was finished the same year that Earl and Kathryn were married. They had three children, who all grew up in Waccabuc (one still resides in the hamlet) and attended the one-room schoolhouse. Kathryn's colorful flower gardens and the view across the pastures to the west were the highlight of a visit to the house. Those views are still there, in part because of the creation of Pinecroft Preserve, through the Westchester Land Trust.
Earl Smith, a grandson of George and Sarah Frances Studwell Mead, installed a small herd of dairy cows in the barns at the Croft, which had belonged to his uncle, George W. Mead, Jr.
Later he added laying hens and two pigs. He delivered fresh milk and eggs in a Ford pickup truck to customers in South Salem, Cross River and Waccabuc. The dairy business continued until 1962. The corn and hay fields were part of the Mead lands.
He was also the manager of all the Mead properties including woodlots producing cordwood for the neighborhood fireplaces, and all the Waccabuc Country Club property after it was acquired by the Mead family. Having graduated from Yale and Yale Forestry School, he was well prepared for this occupation.
The cornfields along Post Office Road and the cows in the pastures next to the golf course were a cherished sight through the 1950s. The dairy herd was sold in 1962 and replaced by black Angus heifers belonging to a neighbor in North Salem.
A vegetable garden and Kathryn’s perennial gardens flourished and were much admired by their many friends of all ages.
Both Kathryn and Earl were active in the community, he as president of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, and the Waccabuc Country Club and a member for fifty years.
Kathryn Smith lived in the house until her death at 93 in 2000.
EXPLORE THE OTHER PROPERTIES
1. Mead Cemetery, 2. The Gaard House, 33 Mead Street, 3. The Hunt Homes, 20 & 24 Mead Street, 4. The Homestead, 36 Mead Street, 5. The Cider Mill, 8 Schoolhouse Road, 6. Schoolhouses on Schoolhouse Road, 7. Old Field Preserve, 8. Elmdon, 49 Mead Street, 9. The Gilbert House, 68 Mead Street, 10. Waccabuc Country Club, 90 Mead Street , 11. The Waccabuc Post Office, 2 Post Office Road, 12. The Orchard House, 12 Post Office Road, 13. The Studwell House, 107 Mead Street, 14. Pinecroft Preserve, 15. Pine Croft Farm, 102 Mead Street, 16. Croft Farm, 106 Mead Street, 17. Tarry-A-Bit, 8 Tarry-a-Bit Road, 18. The Bungalow Club, 19. Long Pond Preserve, 20. The Waccabuc Hotel, 21. Fair Acre, 4 Chapel Road, 22. Lakeview, 14 Chapel Road, 23. Jared Mead House, 55 Chapel Road, 24. Mead Memorial Chapel, 2 Chapel Road, 25. Hendy Hap, 152 Mead Street, 26. Tredinock, 163 Mead Street, 27. Meeko, 166 Mead Street, 28. The Cahoone House, 181 Mead Street, 29. Lake Waccabuc, 30. Franklin markers