Haydenville lore describes Metacom holding council meetings in the natural cave where our porcupine ravine trail leads.  It's possible and fun to imagine the native people enjoying the wildlife that we still live with: bears, coyotes, mountain lion, bobcat, moose, deer.  Granted they had many more beaver and fish along the banks of the Mill River where we now swim and fish.  

Haydenville lore describes Metacom holding council meetings in the natural cave where our porcupine ravine trail leads.  It's possible and fun to imagine the native people enjoying the wildlife that we still live with: bears, coyotes, mountain lion, bobcat, moose, deer.  Granted they had many more beaver and fish along the banks of the Mill River where we now swim and fish.  

History of the land

Valley View Farm sits on the hill where, in 1735, John Miller crossed into the Pocomtuc lands west of Northampton and built his homestead.  

"While the community of Hatfield was being established on the west bank of the Connecticut River, the land farther west was left to the animals and the Indians. Alone, that is, until about the year 1735 when a noted hunter and trapper, John Miller of Northampton, erected a log house on a hill in the eastern portion of the "Hatfield Woods." He purchased a tract of 900 acres, bounded on the south by the Northampton line and embracing what later became a thriving village." His log cabin sat where our farmhouse now sits.

"For seventeen years Mr. Miller hunted and trapped in solitary splendor. Game was plentiful, with deer, bear, wolves, catamounts, wild turkey, and smaller animals to be had, and the streams were filled with trout. Indians were there , too, but obviously Mr. Miller was successful in evading their raids. Then Capt. Samuel Fairfield settled close by and ended Mr. Miller's solitary domination, but this probably was not too onerous since Captain Fairfield was his nephew. Between 1745 and 1750 a stage road was opened across the region between Northampton and Pittsfield and Captain Fairfield opened a tavern to accommodate travelers over the route."

-from Williamsburg by Louise and Frederick Goodhue 

The Mill River and Mill pond, famous for the historic flood of 1874, which left our lower fields with remarkably perfect soil, internal drainage, and adequate depth for growing vegetable, fruit, and herbs.

The Mill River and Mill pond, famous for the historic flood of 1874, which left our lower fields with remarkably perfect soil, internal drainage, and adequate depth for growing vegetable, fruit, and herbs.

From the village of Haydenville this bridge (with no name!) led to our farm. This is a wooden queen-post truss bridge, sheathed inside and out to shield the structural timbers from the weather (a common, cheaper and much lighter alternative to building a fully covered bridge). What we see underneath it in the riverbed and appearing to (sort of, and about as clumsily as possible) prop up the middle of the span, I have no clue. The railings at each end, over which the antique gentlemen are peering, were not structural; they just kept gentlemen from falling off the ends of the bridge on their wobbly way home from the tavern.

From the village of Haydenville this bridge (with no name!) led to our farm. This is a wooden queen-post truss bridge, sheathed inside and out to shield the structural timbers from the weather (a common, cheaper and much lighter alternative to building a fully covered bridge). What we see underneath it in the riverbed and appearing to (sort of, and about as clumsily as possible) prop up the middle of the span, I have no clue. The railings at each end, over which the antique gentlemen are peering, were not structural; they just kept gentlemen from falling off the ends of the bridge on their wobbly way home from the tavern.

In 1850 "Central Dairy" where the Walpole family took over from the Miller family.   

In 1850 "Central Dairy" where the Walpole family took over from the Miller family.   

The farm lower fields were used by the village to celebrate the town's 150th birthday.

The farm lower fields were used by the village to celebrate the town's 150th birthday.

In the early 1920's the farm hosted town baseball games with visiting teams. 

In the early 1920's the farm hosted town baseball games with visiting teams.