History of Nye Hill Farm

Nye Hill History Comprised of 116 now mostly wooded acres, Nye Hill Farm was established by Nathan Nye in 1790. By 1850 Nathan’s son, Gardner Nye, had built the farm up to include a herd of “milch cows, working oxen and other cattle and swine”. In that year the farm produced twenty bushels of wheat, fifty bushels of Indian Corn, forty bushels of barley and three hundred bushels of “Irish Potatoes”. Two hundred apple trees yielded one hundred bushels of apples, and forty tons of hay were harvested. By the 1920s, though, the farm was in the hands of a Yale Professor of Divinity, who kept it primarily as a summer resort for his family.

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In the years that followed, Nye Hill was, for the most part, a farm in name only, though its sweeping, natural, open spaces were guardedly preserved by a succession of thoughtful owners. In the late 1990s a physician and his wife purchased the farm and began the work of lovingly reviving Nye’s sense of place. We are honored to continue that work.

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Roxbury, NH Nye Hill is situated in Roxbury, Cheshire County, in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, “the quiet corner.”

Our town celebrated its bicentennial in 2012, and Nye Hill Farm was recognized as one of Roxbury’s historic sites. The foundation of “Schoolhouse Number 3”, built by the town of Keene, New Hampshire, in 1774, remains intact on the grounds of the farm today. Salmon P. Chase, who would later serve as a United States Senator, the Governor of Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln and, finally, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, taught in Schoolhouse Number 3 for a short time in 1825.

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Then fifteen years old and slight in stature, Chase was younger and smaller than at least a few of his pupils. Not long into his tenure at Schoolhouse Number 3, Chase’s attempts to instill some discipline in the student populace “aroused the ire of the older boys to such an extent that they carried him out and put him in the snow bank by the shed door.” No quitter, Chase, he returned to his post where, shortly, “…in an escalated scuffle he struck a boy named Ben on the head and buttocks with his ruler.” Ben’s father, it turned out, was a member of the local school committee and Chase was thereafter rather ignominiously dismissed.

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Above: Foundation of the original farmhouse.

You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.

Alain de Botton

 

Autumn is a second spring

When every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus