Lewis Country Farms, LaGrange, NY

Located at the intersection of Overlook Road and DeGarmo Road in LaGrange, NY, Lewis Country Farms was a local lawn & garden center.  The original structure apparently dates to the 1840s.  A historic building inventory form from 1986 identifies the site as the Ayrault Place and built in the mid-to-late 1800s and mid-1900s.  Bill Lewis opened the business as Lewis Country Farms in 1989 and it closed in the 2000s.  Soon after these photos were taken, work was started to clean up the site and turn it into luxury apartments.

Also photographed is a building identified as the Lewis Landscaping located about a mile away.  As far as I know, the business is not still operating.

More information:  Building Inventory Form


Sleight Farm Property, LaGrange, NY

This abandoned farm property is located at 619 Noxon Road in LaGrange.  These buildings are part of a >100 acre farm parcel.  I photographed the house, carriage house, and silo foundation, based on the sketch in the building inventory (mentioned below).  As of 2017 the property may have been sold (it was for sale) because some construction is occurring on the property – namely, the carriage house photographed here has been demolished.

According to the Historic Resource Survey from 1986, the structures on the property date to late 1700s, early 1800s, and middle 1800s, with some outbuilding from the middle-to-late 1800s and early 1900s.

At the October 23, 2013 meeting of the Town of LaGrange Board, a Forest Stewardship Management Plan was submitted to allow for selective cutting of about two acres of trees outside of the restricted areas of the Conservation Easement on the property.  The application was to “cut firewood on the property”, “maintain field edges and fields for crop production”, “keep current farm trails open for access”, “transplant and/or transfer planted conifers”, and “crop tree management for possible future sawtimber production”.  The property was identified as Sleight Farm and owned by the Sleight family.

At the August 18, 2016 meeting of the Town of LaGrange Board, there was an application discussed for a special use permit of the property as the Gray (Vale?) Fox Distillery.  The proposal was to construct the distillery building in the “upper part” of the property.

Location:  Google Maps (41.650374, -73.827479)

Dam, LaGrange, NY

This dam is located on Old Manchester Road/Titusville Road in the Town of LaGrange, NY, in an area also known as “Manchester”.  Maps from the 1800s show a mill located on a pond in this location.  According to historic aerial photos, the pond was drained to be back to just a creek in the 1980s.

More information:  Historic aerial photos

Location: Google Maps (41.683184, -73.866793)

Van Kleek-Westervelt Cemetery, LaGrange, NY

This old cemetery is located on Titusville Road in LaGrange, NY near an old farm house; the farm is called the Cornell Farm.  The cemetery may be an old family cemetery for the family(ies) that lived on the farm.  The property card for the parcel says it is a private cemetery of the name Van Kleek-Westervelt; both of these family names are well known in the area.

The 1980s Dutchess County Historic Resource Survey indicates the Cornell Farm was indicated on historic maps from 1867 and 1876 to be owned by someone with the last name Cornell.  This survey also identifies the cemetery as the Westervelt Cemetery.

More information:  Historic Resource Survey map

Location:  Google Maps (41.672450, -73.871750)