Page 40 - The Hunt - Fall 2019
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“People appreciate us being here. Even if they come once a year, they’ve been doing that for 30
or 35 years.”
Settler Richard Barnard arrived here in 1726, purchasing land across from the current orchard from Joel Baily. The family established a 40-acre farm here in 1862. An 80-foot white pine tree that Lewis’ great-grandfather Milton planted remains a testament to some serious roots. Though his father died without a will, Milton received the farm and his twin brother got 40 acres across what’s currently Wawaset Road (now a development). Milton’s son, Percy, turned the land into orchards with greenhouses in the early 1900s. Today, more than 40 of its
74 acres are in production.
The Barnards were strong Quakers. During the Revolutionary War, they didn’t pay war taxes, so the British took animals and bushels of the family grain for supplies as they marched through to wage the Battle of Brandywine. Barnard diary entries also document Continental Army visits, including two by Henry Lee, whose son, Robert E. Lee, would gain Civil War fame.
Later, the Barnards assisted with the
Underground Railroad. Richard’s cousin,
William, and five other Quakers went to
Washington, DC, and met with Abraham
Lincoln to talk about freeing slaves. Six
months later, the president signed the
Emancipation Proclamation. the harvest.
Barnard sorts

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