Westhampton Apple Farm with Store, Restaurant, Barns and Orchards plus a Historic 5 bedroom Colonial Farmhouse.
In 1781, Eliza Norton, at the age of 19, built the Norton Tavern at the top of the hill on Route 66 in Westhampton. The front upstairs of the house was an open dance hall. There was a fiddler's step built in the middle of the hall from where the music emanated that still remains today. The Tavern was on the stage coach route to Albany and points west. The top of the hill was a good spot for the horses and guests to stop for a rest and water. From that time on the Tavern was the center of Westhampton's social scene, a place to gather and connect with neighbors and hear the latest news.
In 1860, Warner Bartlett bought the Norton Tavern. He ran the farm until 1920 when Will Fiske bought the homestead. Will renamed it Outlook Farm and started peddling his farm products throughout the valley in the 1930's and 40's. He became well known for his chickens, produce and Outlook Farm sausage.
In 1962, Dave and Mary Lee Morse bought the farm from Will Fiske to raise their family and work the land. Dave had worked summers on a dairy farm while growing up and Mary Lee, who knew little about farming, was enthusiastic. Together, they made the commitment to plunge into what would be their lifestyle for the next 45 years.
In January of 1994, Dave and Mary Lee turned the farm over to their eldest son, Bradford Morse, and his wife Erin, who have carried on the Outlook Farm tradition. Mary Lee continued to help cook and bake for the restaurant and run the Bed and Breakfast in the farm house until she retired. Now it’s time for a new generation of farmers to take over!
The sale includes the Farm Store with its beautiful 2012 post and beam barn (14,936 sq.ft.), the Restaurant with fully stocked kitchen, all appliances, deli cases and coolers, the Delicatessen, Bakery, Butcher Shop and Produce Barn. One of the more unusual and sought after features is the huge walk-in cold storage units with over 2000 sq.ft. of storage for apples, meat and produce. The orchards include a mix of Macintosh, Red Delicious, Cortlands, Macons and Honey Crisp apples. Also included is the antique 5 bedroom, 2 bath, 3344 sq.ft., Colonial Farmhouse with wide board flooring, built-ins, prep kitchen and plenty of charm!
Many possibilities exist for the next chapter of this historic property. Envision this as a wonderful event, conference or wedding venue with its majestic post and beam barn or a destination Farm to Table restaurant.
Details and financials available upon request with proof of funds and business plan.