Croft Farm, 106 Mead Street

Originally the farm of Herbert Mead c. 1700s.
Acquired "Croft Farm" title c. 1903.
George W. Mead, Jr.

2010 – the main barn and other outbuildings

2010 – the main barn and other outbuildings

When George W. Mead turned 21 he gave up the hopeless and undesired task of preparing for Yale and took a trip around the world.  He camped and hunted in the Rocky Mountains, visited Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush, and sailed for Hawaii from California, visiting Japan, China, Siam, New Zealand, Australia, Java, and India.  His trip was interrupted by the death of his father in 1899 and he rushed home.

Having determined to begin farming he took a veterinary course and moved back to Waccabuc in 1900, settling at the Croft Farm.  Originally the farm of Herbert Mead in the 1700s, it had lain fallow until Sarah Mead bought it from Herbert’s heirs.  The Croft Farm continued as a productive farm for 65 years, later as Pine Croft Farm.

The spacious red outbuildings included a horse barn with tack room, a carriage barn, a cow barn with hay mow above, and low chicken houses.  A small dairy house next to a well with a hand pump and a smoke house stood in between.  A workman’s cottage overlooked the hayfield.

The small 1814 house was moved and renamed the Wee Croft in 1914.  George built a comfortable Colonial style home large enough for himself, his housekeeper, Marie Fitzpatrick, and for friends and family to visit.

The cornfields and woods were habitat for pheasant and quail, where George and his company hunted, especially on Election Day, when as his brother in law, Herbert Smith, wrote, “I shot once and voted once.”

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