The Homestead is Nestled on the Western Slope of the Taconic Plateau
Bingham Brook Farm Viewed from Taconic Road in Salisbury, CT
BBF is located 3.3 miles from Salisbury center with 1 mile of that being town owned and private Scoville Ore Mine Road. The property driveway is another 1/3 mile. For esthetics all electric and telephone utilities are underground.
This 1981 photo shows the BBF driveway and trench for the underground utilities.
BBF is comprised of 62+ acres surrounded by thousands of environmentally pristine woodlands and wetlands. This acreage was part of an original 250/270-acre tract that remained relatively intact between 1742 and 1980 despite being sold more than 15 times during that period.
BBF is a nimrod's paradise, a naturalist's heaven and a tranquil refuge from the outside world. The property is ringed on the south, west and north by the Appalachian Trail that follows a course along the Mt. Riga Plateau's eastern slope from Lion's Head on the south to Sage's Ravine on the north.
Lion's Head, which is named for its feline profile, is one of the more popular spots along the Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail. Many consider it the shortest hike with the greatest views in western Connecticut.
Sage's Ravine and Brook were named after Zachias Sage, a revolutionary war veteran who is buried at the Candee-Sage's Cemetery located one-quarter of a mile north of Sage's Ravine. Sage's Mill, a forge powered by the brook, used to be located at the junction of Route 41 and Sage's Brook, an area that was known as Joyceville.
When the BBF property was acquired in 1981, it was entirely forested primarily with second growth hardwoods. An old logging road wound its way up leading to a small clearing and rotting log cabin, which is where the Elijah Marshal barn sits today.
Forest clearing started in 1981 and essentially ended in 2007. Of the 62+ acres, approximately 7 are in pasture managed for deer and turkey, 5 are in lawns that include a "heritage apple" orchard, and 2 in a sugar maple lot. The balance remains in natural second growth hardwood forests with an abundance of Mountain Laurel, the state flower.
Another Sunrise Finds Bingham Brook Farm High Above the Mist Covered Valley