Case Barlow Farm celebrates 200 years

Restored wagon to appear in memorial day parade; anniversary event set for june 8 at farm

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Residents attending the Memorial Day parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 26, will see a bit of the past as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Case Barlow Farm.

A restored wagon pulled by two Clydesdales will be in the parade along with portrayers of the first owners of the farm, Chauncey and Cleopatra Case, according to Barbara Bos of Hudson League for Service and a member of the board of trustees for Case Barlow Farm. Chauncey and Cleopatra will be portrayed by Keith and Betsy Curley with their children portrayed by Max Curley, Grace Curley, Avery Messner, Chloe Messner and Sam Sockol.

The community can celebrate 200 years on the farm at Case Barlow Farm, 1931 Barlow Road, June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family and covers everything but food and drinks.

Along with a pig roast, there will be hotdogs, root beer floats and snow cones for sale, and the Thirsty Dog Brewery will provide beer tasting.

Nikki and Pat Custy of "Pitch the Peat" will provide music and the Native American and Veterans Center will present a mini educational Pow Wow demonstration.

Native Americans lived in the area when the farm was settled in 1814. Hudson settlers included the Case family. They had five children with one on the way when they left Branby, Connecticut, in 1814 and traveled by wagon for six weeks to reach Hudson. Lora Case, son of Chauncy and Cleopatra Case, was a lifelong friend of abolitionist John Brown.

The 1831 Federal period farmhouse was constructed of bricks made on the property. The farm includes the 1890 red bank barn and was an important dairy farm in the late 19th and mid 20th centuries.

The wagon shed displays donated antique farm tools and equipment. The heirloom herb and vegetable garden is maintained by volunteers.

Visitors can tour the historically restored farmhouse with rooms decorated with 19th century furnishings, Bos said. On display on the walls will be paintings of the farm by various local artists.

Children can make a yarn doll or dream catcher and learn about the history of colonial crafts.

In addition, visitors can purchase raffle tickets for a quilt made by Diane Herendeen.

Six consecutive generations lived on the property until 1996 when it was donated to the First Congregational Church. A group of civic-minded Hudson residents purchased 4 acres for community use and formed the Case Farm Inc., a non-profit tax exempt organization to preserve and restore the historical farm. The city purchased the remaining acreage for a park and playing fields.

For more information, go to www.casebarlowfarm.com.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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