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Abbott Farms

3275 Cold Springs Road
315-638-7783

History

The Abbott family hails from England, in the person of Asa Abbott, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The generations after him moved to the Albany area, then to Clay NY, then to a farm on Hicks Rd in Baldwinsville.

1756 Asa Abbott was born in Connecticut; he died in Albany County NY in 1823. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

1783 Asa Abbott Jr. was born in Spencertown, NY. He died in Clay, NY in 1856.

1805 Henry Abbott born in Schoharie County; he died in Clay in 1921. 

1828 Asa M. Abbott was born to Henry and his wife Mary. 

1840 Henry and his family moved to Morgan Road (in Clay).

1851 Asa M. Abbott married Christina Patrie. They bought a farm on Hicks Rd.

1866 Warren J. Abbott was born in Lysander. He married Anna Dixon in 1890.

1869 The Abbott women grew tired of sleigh rides through mounds of snow piled up on Hicks Road. (Snowdrifts on Hicks Road are still an issue today!) After years of urging, the Abbotts bought a farm on Cold Springs Rd (the current location) to make winter travelling easier. They bought the house from a couple who were moving west.

1903 Homer J. Abbott was born to Warren J. and Anna.

1915 A bad thunderstorm caused a lightening strike to the Abbotts' main barn. Damage from the ensuing fire caused changes for two brothers who had farmed together, Warren J. and Elmer. Warren J. and his son Homer stayed on the homestead; Elmer bought a farm further west on Rte. 370. This farm later sold to become the housing development now called Abbotts Landing.

1928 Homer married Ilda Rice of Baldwinsville. Homer sold potatoes and cabbage door-to-door in the north side of Syracuse, where the baseball stadium is now. Homer (and later, his son Windsor) also sold produce at the Regional Market.

According to Louella Rice Abbott Oakes, Homer's second daughter, "Homer showed horses at the NY State Fair until WWII. The Fair was then closed for 2 or 3 years. Homer never showed horses after the War. He did not believe in horse pulls. He showed his horses for their quality and breeding. In competition classes of 40-50 horses, Homer won a 4th place ribbon for 'Horse Champ.'" Ilda Rice Abbott taught Normal School.

1933 Windsor James Abbott was born to Homer and Ilda.

1956 Windsor married Nancy Hencle. Her parents, Maynard and Mildred Hencle, founded Hencle's Berry Patch west of Baldwinsville.

1956 Nancy graduated from college and taught Home Economics at Cato-Meridian Central Schools.

1964 Windsor sold the dairy herd to concentrate on grain crops.

1972 Windsor and Nancy built a retail stand to sell farm produce on-site.

1987 Son Warren Windsor Abbott returned home from Purdue University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics.

1993 Tore out the old orchard to build the Country Store.

2007 Shifted from growing grain crops to u-pick crops, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and Christmas trees.



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