A Century Farm

Central Massachusetts boasts well over forty apple orchards. Sagatabscot is among the oldest.

Sagatabscot Orchards in Sterling, MA was established in the 1740s. This historic farm has been owned by only two families; the present family has been operating it since 1912.
A self-serve stand offers many apple varieties, including heirloom, as well as cider.

The antique cider press has been preserved in the farm barn along with other historical relics. Note the World War I helmet, worn by an ancestor of the present owner.
In the Algonquin Indian language sagatabscot means “place of the hard rock”.
Since the 1700’s the owners have built numerous additions to the original buildings on the rocky hillside.

The farmhouse is painted in the original 1700s color.

The “six over six” windows and side entry are appealing details for colonial architecture enthusiasts.

Lucky and Lucky, the chickens, were named as a consequence of being the last chickens left after a fox found the hen house.

The barn is a treasure trove of antique farm implements, historical items and family lore.

Cart wheels and traditional Ojibwa Indian snowshoes are displayed in the barn rafters.
This bobsled was used to deliver milk when roads were impassable in the winter.
The present owner created this replica of the barn for his young daughters.
Generations of cousins have gathered at the farm for family festivities.
Small rooms carved out from the larger structure include historical items and family heirlooms.

10 thoughts on “A Century Farm

  1. It’s a little gem of a place. I was taking pics near the farmstand, and the owner graciously invited me to roam the farm. Later, he opened up the barn (which is not usually open to the public ) for us. He was so knowledgeable and interesting to talk to, and the produce was wonderful!

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