When William Beekman founded his original mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY, in the last half of the 18th century, it served as the “last stop for gas” for the wagon trains leaving the Northeast and heading to the western frontier. Decking the halls was far from a priority of these early American adventurers, but even so, the thrill of opening a simple, brown paper package tied up with the string—even it was only a pair of long-johns or a sewing needle—was still there.
As the mercantile grew larger and was taken over by William’s son Cornelius, the shop carried everything a homemaker could ever dream of—dry goods, tools, paint, furniture…gifts.
Beekman Mercantile was dormant for over a century and a half until we moved into Beekman’s original home and re-invigorated the business.
Today Beekman 1802 designs and produces products that draw from all aspects of the company legacy—from pasture to posh. Central to every item is what we like to call the “heirloom experience”.
Heirlooms have value greater than their monetary worth because they’ve become burnished by memory.
We’ve always been fans of Christopher Radko and Hallmark and how they’ve helped create memories that hang on the Christmas tree. One of our greatest joys each year is inching into the attic crawlspace, pulling out the ornaments (we have over 1000!) and unwrapping them from their tissue paper hiding places revealing every holiday memory we’ve ever shared together. Each one is so much more valuable than the tinsel and glass it took to make it.
We hope you like this peek around the farm at holiday time.
Many of this year’s decorations can be found in the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Holiday Collection at Bed Bath & Beyond. (Available online and in select stores.) Thanks to photographer Seymour Templar for capturing the farm so beautifully.