1802 Blogs

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    June Blooms

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Earlier this year, our life at The Beekman Farm was chronicled in an excellent article in the New York Times.  We heard from hundreds of hundreds of people who saw in our dreams of a better life a little bit of their own dreams and aspirations. Shortly after the article appeared, we received a note […]

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    Mary Plants Lilacs

    BY:Mary Beekman

    When the wind blows from the right direction and the air is warm, we can smell the lilacs that are growing near by. Their scent is soft and gentle just like the stories Grandmere tells me.  When she smelled the lilacs today, her eyes filled with water and she held me close. She is not […]

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    Backporch Bliss

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Do you remember how the beginning of summer feels? As adults, every season seems to flow seamlessly into the next–you know, kind of like sand in an hour glass.    But just try to remember for the moment the feeling of waking up that first morning of summer break when you were in fifth grade.  No […]

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    Harvesting Rhubarb

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America. This is going to be a very good day.  I am going to do […]

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    The Bleeding Heart

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America. Nell’s grandmother told us to pick her some bleeding heart flowers.  We picked them […]

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    Garden’s in! Thank you SUNY Cobleskill!

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    The remaining flats from SUNY Cobleskill. Early last spring you might remember us posting about how the wonderful students of SUNY Cobleskill’s Plant Science Department helped us start some of the seeds for the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden under the kind and watchful eye of Bob Sutherland, the SUNY Cobleskill Floriculture Instructor and Greenhouse […]

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    Mary Visits the Alms House

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America Father told us about a different kind of Farm.  I had never heard about […]

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  • The Lilacs.

    The Color Purple

    BY:Dr. Brent

    A rather random weather pattern this spring resulted in an intoxicating display by the lilacs throughout the Mohawk Valley this year.  Though now past their prime, I spent many evenings over the last several weeks sitting on the knoll beneath their branches.  I cannot adequately capture their scent in words, so I decided to take […]

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    A Farmer John Mystery

    BY:Dr. Brent

    I came very close to murdering dear Farmer John this weekend. I don’t think I have to tell you that farming is a very small margin business, and the margins are even smaller when one is just starting out.  I use every ounce of knowledge gleaned from my MBA to keep The Beekman in the […]

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    Bottom of the Jar

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America. Mother sent me to the cellar to fetch the last crock of strawberry jam. […]

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