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Hi everyone! On Monday, I hinted at plans my sweet husband and I had for Memorial Day week-end. Most of you know who the Fabulous Beekman Boys are, right?! They have a reality TV show; they won The Amazing Race in 2012; and they regularly appear on talk, cooking, and life style television shows.
They own Beekman 1802 farm and a mercantile right in the village of Sharon Springs, which is only an hour west of Albany. When I heard they planned to give farm tours over the weekend, I signed us right up! The town itself would be set up with a farmer’s market and craft show. Join me as we walk through Josh and Brent’s historic property.
Located about ten minutes outside of the village down town area, the farm has limited parking, so we hopped a shuttle bus, along with about 100 others, and took a short ride. After the tour, we head back to town for the Garden Party.
Our tour started at the house, where we learned that William Beekman built the house in 1802–hence the name of the farm: Beekman 1802–in a combination of Georgian and Federal architectural styles. There are four bedrooms and a men’s sitting room on the first floor and four bedrooms and a women’s sitting room on the second floor. The kitchen (and bathroom!) would have been in separate buildings nearby.
Around the side of the house one finds the family crypt, where the William, who died in 1845, lies. He lived a full, long life as a businessman and politician (County Judge and State Senator). The crypt is attractively landscaped.
and each time the crypt posed a strong temptation to near-do-wells and teenagers.
Initially the guys called this the “kissing rock” because of a story floating around about lovers who married near it. Then they thought the kitchen staff used it to sharpen their knives (in the “crotch” of the heart), but it’s too far from where the stand-alone kitchen was probably located. Now they think someone just liked it and plopped it on the property sometime during its long history(!).
The guys mercantile in located in “down town” Sharon Springs. Both Josh and Brent greeted customers throughout the day, chatting with us and signing books.
The town is named after its mineral springs, but the baths that were so popular in the 1800s are now in complete disrepair. See some romantic photos of those buildings.
Scrumptious mezzo platter at the cafe right across the street from the American Hotel, where I took my Memorial Day photograph.
Okay, terrible picture–hair’s been through some pretty heavy rain, but this me and Brent. What a nice guy–happy to take his picture with me, hugged me close, and showed my husband how to operate my phone camera(!). It’s easy to see why he’s so well-loved.
|The Texture & Color of Old Sharon Springs|
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