A Christmas Day run, then a Christmas Day walk, and my favorite farms:
The Jessup Farm
Jessup Farm, main house
The developers are also responsible for the Bucking Horse “townhomes community,” built around my favorite bank barn:
Johnson Farm bank barn
The complex is currently known as the “Bucking Horse Urban Estate / Johnson Farm Innovation Campus. Really. The developers have grand plans for the Jessup Farm – Johnson Farm: it’s all about healthy and sustainable living, with produce/herb gardens, farm to fork restaurant, yoga studio, bike shop, wine cave, cheesery, bakery . . . . Meanwhile (two years and waiting), the buildings are still deteriorating, but hey, the Jessup Farm Artisan Village has a concrete parking lot! And, the Bucking Horse townhouses are going up at a pretty rapid clip:
Oh look, Craftsman Bungalow townhouses!
. . . . with fake side-swing garage doors!
Well. Ummm . . . . wow?
The Joseph and Mary Jessup Farm
Joseph and Mary Jessup Farm in mid-1990s
Joseph and Mary Jessup farmhouse, built ~1890
Joseph and Mary Jessup farmhouse in mid-1990s
Once upon a time, this farm and the farm with the bank barn were owned by the same extended family. The owners finally moved out in the previous decade, but in the summer they still kept two horses in the fenced pasture. The Kid, who was very young then, would point and say, “Hish! Hish!” when we drove by. She no longer remembers doing so . . . . and of course, the horses have been gone for many years. The house, the storage sheds, the chicken coop, the barn, even the little dog house, continue to wait. And across the derelict fields, SideHill.
View from the Joseph Jessup Farm: New Urbanism: SideHill, April 2009