About the Farm
About the Farm
The Warren Farm is located in Barrington, NH, on 244 acres of forest, cropland, and pasture. It is situated only a third of a mile from Route 4.
The land has been in operation since 1719, when John Ellis built a log cabin on the southeast corner of the property. The land was used to mine iron ore from the marsh on the farm's northeast side.
William McDaniel purchased the property in 1735 and the log cabin was expanded into a garrison that housed families. In 1760, Peletiah Daniels acquired the farm and began construction on the farmhouse. Daniels cleared much of the forest for sheep pasture. The wool was likely shipped to the mills in Lawrence and Lowell, MA, and turned into military uniforms and other products.
By the early 1900s, Route 4 had been built, and the main land use was logging. However, due to overharvesting, the farm was soon turned into a summer residence, and then abandonded in the early 1940s.
Richard and Dorothy Warren bought the property in 1946. Richard Warren was an experienced farmer from Ithaca, NY, and quickly began reclaiming the overgrown land in Barrington. Dorothy's handpainted murals are still in the farmhouse above two of the fireplaces, and much of Richard's work can be seen in the tradition of Christmas Trees that are still sold from the property.
In 1987, Richard and Dorothy applied to conserve the land under the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). The conservation easement granted preserves the farm for agriculture and prevents the property from subdivision or development, protecting it as an open resource for the residents of Barrington and the surrounding area.
In the late 1980s, Randy, Richard and Dorothy's son, moved to the farm and together with his wife, Heather, they cleared an additional 18 acres for crops.
Randy and Heather sold the land to Theodore Wiegand and Eleanor Kane in the summer of 2013. The farm has sold Christmas Trees since 1957, a tradition that Eleanor and Theo plan to continue. They cleared an additional 15 acres for their pasture raised sheep, goats, chickens, and pigs, and plan to offer vegetables year round.
The farm will continue with a focus on sustainble practices that preserves the land for future generations of farmers.