|Kingsley's Uncle Bronson, at the Madison Beach Club location, 1910|
Dear Kelly and Kingsley,
Every time I pick up my CSA, I wonder about the history of Barberry Hill Farm. How did it start? Thanks, and I loved my tomatoes!
That's a great question. Barberry Hill Farm has been in our family since it was built back in 1909.
Kingsley's great uncle, Henry Warren Goddard was a circuit court judge in New York City. As a little boy, he and his five brothers and one sister had summered in Madison in the mid 1800's.
Just after the turn of the century, he bought this property, while his brother Ralph Goddard bought the property across the street. They both built summer and weekend homes. When Henry Warren Goddard died, Kingsley's father, Richard Mason Goddard Jr.. bought it from Henry's widow.
While it has been a gentleman's farm, Barberry Hill Farm was evolved into a working farm by Kingsley when his father died in 1987.
Here are some family photographs of the farm and Madison from the early days.
|Middle Beach Road|
|Kingsley's Father, A Great Fisherman|
|Kingsley's Grandfather and Great Uncle in "The Florence"|
|Picnicking on Tuxis Island|