This summer, we have a new activity called A Stroll with Farmer Dave, where guests get the chance to ask Farmer Dave questions and hear some EHF history. The group of guests can be seen taking a stroll from the inn’s main entrance toward the lawn, as they listen to Farmer Dave talk about his experience working here as a young adult, the triumphs and perils throughout his and Sally’s ownership, and all of the changes over the years. The activity has been very popular so far, especially with the guests who have been coming for multiple years and have seen the changes Farmer Dave describes.
Here were some of the interesting questions and answers from this week’s stroll:
Q: How long has the Farm existed?
A: The property has been an Inn since 1946. Prior to being an Inn, it was a subsistence (self sufficient) farm for 3 generations.
Q: Who owned the Farm before the Adams family?
A: Parker Whitcomb, who eventually partnered with Dave and Sally Adams, before
selling all of his share to them in 1977.
Q: What sort of expansions has the property had since the Adams purchased East Hill
A: The Farm has had many add-ons, expansions, and changes since it was purchased.
The main transformations were the expansion of the Main Inn to include
Grandmother’s Attic and the addition of Brick House, Trailsend, Sugar House,
Hideaway, Village Bunkhouse, English Cottage, and Olde Farmhouse. However, there
have been many smaller changes as well.
Q: When did the Inn start bringing the guests to Silver Lake?
A: The guests started going to Silver Lake when Parker Whitcomb owned the farm.
However, they went to the public access beach before our property came up for sale.
When the Inn first purchased the property, they used to serve one lunch a week there.
The menu consisted of hamburgers, hotdogs, watermelon, cookies, lemonade and even
Q: When did the old barn burn down?
A: The old barn burned down about 40 years ago and what is now the red and white cow barn was built in its place. Shortly after the new barn was built, they held the weekly contradance up in the hayloft. The large horse barn addition was built about 30 years ago.
As the summer continues, we hope to get even more interesting questions from the groups strolling around the Farm.
What will you ask Farmer Dave?