A lot of people go on vacation for Winter Break. But when the snow melts, we go for a walk around the farm to catalog our own Winter Breakage. Winters are particularly brutal at Beekman. They cause a lot of damage. But since most of it is covered up by snow we don’t discover it until first melt.

We know that many people have a vision of Beekman 1802 Farm as an amazing place where everything is polished and perfect. It’s not. By any stretch. Especially after winter. So we thought we’d take you on a walk with us and show you exactly how imperfect things can get around here. It can get downright ugly.

But you know what? We’re happy that Beekman 1802 Farm isn’t flawless. Nothing that’s 216-years-old could ever be “perfect.”

Sure, it would be simpler to live in a new high-rise building, with nothing to repair, ever. (And believe us…we’ve fantasized about that plenty of times.) But then we’d have nothing to do, and nothing to complain about – which are two very important things to have in life. One keeps you busy, and the other keeps you grounded.

Which is a good way to pass the next 216 years.

by Josh and Brent

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Carolyn Agoglia

And I was just bemoaning the roses I may have to completely dig out due to the damage done by the Town’s snowplow- and lots of heavy snow. I’ll trim them back, then fill in with new varieties…but nature takes time to look pretty, doesn’t it! Thank you for sharing your stories of the trials of an old home…but we wouldn’t want it any other way, would we?
God bless you with a lovely Spring!

Victoria Weyforth

Many labors of love….eh? I think it’s a healthier situation to get up from the desk and step outside, than get up from the desk, and step into another cubicle. You’re definitely living my dream! P.S. Don’t tell my boss…lol….I have one more to get through college!


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the farmhouse! Flaws give it character and tell a story. I have a 1920’s Victorian which has cost lots of $ updating electrical, plumbing, roofing, and everything else! However, I look at it as I could spend money HERE or give it away to a condo HOA fund. I would much rather spend it here-where it has history and meaning.
Perfection is over rated and defined differently depending upon who you ask. Thank you for sharing the story of your home!


coming from a farming family (grandparents on both sides) I can recall the harshness of the winter. also the pleasures as a kid…sleigh riding, ice skating….and COLD.. in the time before tractors…those gigantic work horses that were gentle as lambs.. was 5 when my mom and dad and my younger sister moved to the big city….from South Kortright, NY to Mt. Vernon, NY.
farming is hard work….the family farm is no more….the property is still there …..still as beautiful though….


Thanks for sharing “the walk”. Kudos to you both for preserving a beautiful home and a piece of Americana and sharing it with the rest of us. Seeing the darling goats was the “happy ending”! Happy Easter to you both (especially Josh!)and to all at Beekman!🐣🐐🌷


Thank you for your transparency… we all have winter in our lives that cause some areas that need to be repaired. Thankfully spring is a time of beginning again! And so it begins again!


I love the fact that you guys have the same life challenges as we do and that’s what makes you so enjoyable. You are real. Thank you.

Linda Steiger

We live on a Concord Grape farm in Western NY and mimic what you see after winter. Unfortunately we do not have a heritage home, ours was built in the 1950’s but inside we’ve transformed it into a country/Victorian because thats what we love. Country homes, land, vineyards are constant work but so worth the effort for the benefits it gives one’s spirit. Remember to stop and smell the roses, pet a goat, make homemade goodies and breathe in the pure country peace. 💘 from Forestville, NY