The History of Scriba North Farm- Part 1

The History of Scriba North Farm- Part 1

The home and original barn at Scriba North Farm was built in 1852 by John Donnelly, who lived here with his family and had an apple and pear orchard on the property.

When Matt and I closed and started to move into the house, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the previous owners left us a photograph of the Donnelly farm (our home) circa 1853. As you can see in the photos (shown below) the house looks remarkably the same as it does to this day with some changes with the later addition of the sun room. However, it amazed both Matt and I how little has changed over time. Even the main structure of the barn looks nearly the same (minus the additions).

Our home Circa 1853.
Our home in 2022, right before we moved in.

This photograph prompted me to look further into the history of our home and the people who have lived here over the years (there has been a lot of them since 1852). I reached out to the Scriba Historical Society and went to a meeting where I learned about what life was like for the women (wives of farmers and their female children) who lived here.

A closer look at the photograph that was given to us shows John Donnelly, his wife, and children. This winter, my project is to learn more about the Donnelly family and farm in its earliest days. Who were these people? What did they do here and what was life like? Who lived here after the Donnellys? My hope is to learn as much as I can about this property and share the photos and information that we find.

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