The farm in winter
The farm in winter

Josh and I have been arguing about which hill makes for the best sledding here at the Beekman, so we’re asking for your help. This is a very scientific poll, so I will not divulge our individual preferences so as not to sway the vote.

Below you will find the evidence we’ve collected as a result of our arduous field research over the last several days. Keep in mind that this research is not federally-funded, so video quality may not be perfect.

Please view each of the three videos – one from each of our three sledding hills. You’ll witness the sled rides from both the point of view of the sledder and the spectator. Click on the map of the Beekman acreage if you’d like to see where, exactly, each hill is. After you’ve watched all three, please vote for your favorite hill in the poll below. You may also argue your case in the comments section. In fact we encourage it. We’re running out of our own arguments.

And please vote as many times as you would like. Beekman is that kind of democracy.

by Dr. Brent

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I really don't like being in the cold and diabetics tend to run the risk of pneumonia but I would die for an hour of sitting inside looking out at others sledding down the hills while I was sipping that hot cocoa… I would even sled down a hill at least Once for the feel of that youthful laughter I used to share with my friends doing that same thing, but the one horse open sleigh all bundled up with warm woolie blankets that were knitted from the wool from your own sheep from the farm, how I love to knit and the smell of real wool drives me wild… That is winter to me, those toasty warm hand knit socks and warm hand knit hats and scarves and if you are really lucky you have alpaca or llamas and have their beautiful fibers all waiting at home and after you get out of the cold sitting before the fire is when the fun happens knitting beautiful gifts for christmas for your loved ones & then wrapping it the old fashioned way either with the left over beautiful yarn from projects long ago finished with pretty knitted things to hang on the tree tied neatly on top or a hand made ornament out of old christmas cards or pine cones that now sparkle that the kids made themselves.. while listening to the old christmas caroles from long ago..

instead of christmas only being that one day a year, play those old songs al through the month while wrapping gifts or making tags or little ornaments for gifts, and have that christmas spirit grow on everyone around you.. and maybe that magic will spread on through the generations, I think with your beautiful farm and many farms like it you would have to have a really hard time not being able to find the spirit of christmas and all that christmas cheer.. You are so lucky!! I have always dreamed of such a life style and always felt I was born in the wrong century.. but its ok I can knit or crochet like any 19th century woman, only my spinning well thats something I need to probably work on.. 😀 but my needle point was good enough for marriage~~ my samplers are Right on!!


To me it appeared that Clove Hill gave you the longest ride, and the most speed.

Next winter try using a sled, you'll have more control, & will probably go faster.



The various photos I've seen throughout this website of your beautiful farm in winter leave me filled with envy! Why argue about one sledding hill vs. another when you are free to choose whichever one you want to go sledding on. They all look pretty darn fun to me and I would jump at the chance to sled down any one, or all of them.

The photo at the top of this post "The Farm in Winter" would make a lovely Christmas card. I have noticed the way snow sticks to, covers, and envelopes the window sills, the posts on your beautiful porch, the rooftops on the barn and other buildings. It all looks so pristine, clean, and white. I also like the way snow absorbs sound which leaves me with a feeling of quiet, peace and serenity when it blankets the landscape in this way.

After a couple of hours of sledding I would enjoy a "one horse open" sleighride on your farm (don't forget the sleigh bells) followed by hot chocolate, hot buttered rum, or some other hot toddie sitting in front of one of your fireplaces. I love the music from that Johnny Mathis Christmas album you used. That music brings back a lot of memories to me from my youth when that album was released. We had snow where I grew up in Wyoming that coated the landscape just like the snow shown here on Beekman Farm.

One last suggestion: Get a sled or even a big 'ol inner tube big enough for two so that you can both hang on tight to each other and sled down the hill together! That's twice the fun!