Fair Acre, 4 Chapel Road
Martin R. Mead & Marie Adelain Andrews Mead (# II), c. 1903
Fair Acre occupies a portion of property next to Lakeview Cottage. Sarah Mead gave six acres to her son, Martin Rockwell Mead, and he built an eclectic house in 1903. The stone piers and foundation stones suggest the Shingle style; the roof line and decorative elements appear Victorian. The house was originally brown shingle with buff trim.
Martin operated a sizable dairy farm at the “Lower Place”, at the corner of Mead Street and the present Route 35. Later he leased it to Howland Adams who maintained a farm there until the 1960s. Part of the Lower Farm became the Houlihan property which is now Old Field Preserve.
Later, Martin’s specialty was raising gladiolus. The fields next to Mead Street blazed with color from the tall waving blooms. Customers came from near and far to buy bouquets.
In addition to selling cut flowers, he was occupied all winter filling and shipping orders for the bulbs, fruits, and vegetables that were also cultivated at Fair Acre and sold to neighbors.
Martin and his wife Marie doted on their three children, Caroline, Rockwell and Elizabeth “Tid”. The death of Rockwell from appendicitis at age 16 saddened the whole family. Caroline married Samuel Bartlett, the founder and headmaster of the South Kent School, where they lived for many years. Elizabeth spent many summers in Waccabuc with her husband, Robert Murdock and son, Robert Mead Murdock.
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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