The Resurgence of The Sheldon-Owens Farm.

History

Located in the beautiful Champlain Valley with magnificent views of the Adirondack Mountains to the west and Lake Champlain and the Vermont Green Mountains to the East is the former Sheldon-Owens Farm. On April 1, 1993 the farm was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The farm is unique in its beauty and the opportunity to view wildlife in the fields and the woodlands of the farm.

The lands for the farm were aggregated during the period of 1784-1853 when the Sheldon Family developed the farm and constructed many of the agricultural buildings on the farm. The farm had a history of apple production, dairy cattle, sheep production, and wheat, grasslands and timber, poultry. The last farmer to operate the farm was Jimmy Owens who died in 1985. At one time the farm had 80 acres in crop production, 20 acres in grazing land, and 200 acres in pastured woodland. Twenty acres  of orchards containing 700 trees yielding 20,000 pounds of apples. Owens owned 29 cows and 27 sheep and raised income from wool and apples.

Since the death in 1985 of Jimmy Owens the property east of Rt.22 was sold developed into 5 estate size lots. The original farm house and 8 acres was purchased and developed into the Champlain Vistas bed and breakfast ( and the bed and breakfast is a part of the National Historic Register designation.  The bulk of the farm 290 acres of which 242 acres are on the National Historic Register was purchased by Reginald Bedell and his wife Jenny Bedell who recently built a new farm house and who are presently maintaining the integrity of the landscape and working on a plan to restore the farm to maintain the habitat for the natural wildlife of the area.

Contact Info

    Migratory Haven
    3311 Essex Road
    Willsboro, NY 12996
    Email: wildlifephoto2003@yahoo.com
    Website: www.migratoryhaven.com