So where is this farm exactly?
121 Harbor Road, St. James, NY 11780
Please understand that this is private party and if you're not invited, just like any other house on your block, please do not pay us any visits. This is not public land and we do not welcome curious tourists or entertain strangers. There are events throughout the year, that if invited, the following map may be useful to you. But again, this is private property so please respect our modest wishes.
Please take note that Google lists the driveway just as Bacon Road. North of Harbor Road is our driveway. South of Harbor Road is Bacon Forad. The driveway is really directly opposite of Bacon Road. The simplest directions are as follows: Take exit 62 of the LIE north to the very end. That is Nicoll's Road. Make a left onto 25A and pass the train station. Continue west until you hit the traffic light at the end. Vear right onto Main Street. The Country House Restaurant is right there on your right. Continue north on Main Street for a short distance. The pond will be on your left and immediately after the pond, make a left onto Harbor Road. 121 Harbor road is directly opposite of Bacon road about 3/4 of a mile up. Drive slowly because there are often pedestrians walking along this very curvy and hilly road.
This land has some pretty amazing history. It may be folklore but I am looking to supply evidence of the truth behind the stories that contribute to the mystique of this place. You probably even heard of some of the stories. Saint James was definitely "Loyalist" territory during the times of the Revolutionary War. Ever hear of the story of the woman who hung laundry out to dry as a means to communicate to Connecticut that the British were coming? She was later discovered as a traitor by the community and hanged (allegedly). That took place on a shore very near to this farm. But she wasn't trying to tell the folks in Connecticut. That is way too far and doesn't make sense. She was trying to warn Smithtown- the shores opposite us in Stony Brook Harbor.
It is also rumored that a boot of a Hessian soldier was found buried and in a stove. It is suggested that the soldier was wounded when stumbling upon this property and then died here. But because the owners were afraid that they'd be accused of killing him in yet another act of treason against England, they decided to burn him in a stove so no evidence could remain. They buried the stove. Years and years later when Lord Bacon (of Bacon Road) purchased the property, the stove was unearthed and a boot was found inside. Inside the boot were the bones of that Hessian soldier. Years and years later when carbon dating could finally confirm the age of the bones, we are only left with stories to corroborate the evidence.
I will not speak about how haunted this farm is. I've got my own story to share. And a few other people of the farm can share theirs. I'd have never believed in supernatural beings and I still don't although I'm now desperately searching for a scientific answer to explain what I had experienced. And when other people's stories match details about people and events without them ever having spoken to one another before, it makes disbelieving that much more difficult.
This website is very interesting and was found randomly. Here's a good glimpse of the farm circa 1932. The buildings still stand today and not much has changed since. There are a few trees missing today, a lot of overgrowth, and time has worn on the buildings but there is no mistaking the property. This is the Great Gasby of Suffolk County!