About Old Mountain Farm…
Old Mountain Farm Is Surrounded By Watershed, Town Park, And Town & State Trustlands Yet Conveniently Only Fifteen Minutes From Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Fifty Minutes From Portland Maine, And About An Hour And Fifteen Minutes From Both Concord And Manchester New Hampshire. The Farm Is Also Only About One And A Half Hours From Boston, Massachusetts. Old Mountain Farm Sits Up On A Knoll In A Clearing. Cheryle's Cousin; Sandra, (Who Used To Live On The Farm) Always Referred To The Farm/Knoll As "The Little Green Island" Because It Is Surrounded By Wetlands Which Helps To Keep Its Vegetation Green Even In The Most Dry Seasons.
Cheryle's Ancestors On Her Father's Side Arrived In York In 1639 And Settled On The Old Mountain Farm Property In Cape Neddick During The Early 1700'S. Cheryle's Grandfather grew up in York and Fondly Remembered, As A Young Boy, Visiting Relatives At The Old Mountain Farm. Remembering Cheryle's Grandfather's Stories Of Childhood Visits To The Old Mountain Farm, Cheryle's Auntie Rose & Uncle John Decided To See If The Farm Might Be Available For Purchase and Their Timing Was Just Right. So...In 1966, Rose & John Yeager Brought The Farm "Back Into The Family" And Presented It To Cheryle's Grandparents As A Retirement Gift.
The Original Center Chimney Cape Burned Years Ago. The Remaining Portion Was Moved To Another Area On The Property and Continued To Be Useful As A Henhouse, Woodshed & Carpentry Shop Until The Late 1900'S. Construction Of The House And Barn currently On The Property Began In 1890 & Was Finished In 1901. Years Before Cheryle Was Born, Old Mountain Farm Was Sold To Out-Of-State Investors & Became A Rental Property. Cheryle Has Had The Pleasure Of Meeting Members Of Two Families That Rented The Property, One For Seventeen Years And Another For Ten.
Old Mountain Farm Consists Of Thirty Acres About Halfway Up The Side Of Mt. Agamenticus, On What Is Referred To As "The Shoulder Of the Mountain". The Farm Is Approximately Four Miles As The Crow Flies From The Atlantic, In Cape Neddick (A Township Of York), Maine, USA. Mt. Agamenticus Is Home To Several Species Of Plants And Creatures Not Found Any Further North In The Country. Winters On Our Shoulder Of The Mountain Are Somewhat Mild Compared To Most Of New England because of it’s Close Proximity To The Atlantic And Because It Is South Of "Down East" Maine.
Cheryle Remembers, at six years of age, Visiting Her Grandparents At Old Mountain Farm for the first time. That Visit began A Lifetime Of Memories. Little Did She Know That Twenty-Three Years Later She Would call The Farm "Home". When Cheryle's Grandparents Passed Away, Cheryle's Cousin; Sandra Lived At Old Mountain Farm For Nineteen Years Before Selling The Property To Cheryle And Wyl For Which They Will Be Eternally Grateful. They Know That Sandra Handpicked them Because She Felt They Would Be The Best Caretakers Of The Land And It's Heritage. Cheryle And Wyl Feel Blessed To Be Living On Such A Beautiful Property Rich In Family History. Visitors Often Comment On How Good The Farm "Feels". Cheryle's Response Is to Say That Each Morning She "Wakes Up And Pinches Herself".