Farm History


Nestled in the hills of southern Shelburne, Foxbard Farm traces its history to pre-Revolutionary times.  Enoch Bardwell, an earlier farmer, and his son Enoch Jr. settled in the Foxtown area of Shelburne around 1771.  Twenty years later the two joined their farms along Bardwells Ferry Road to form what is now Foxbard Farm.  Enoch Jr.’s youngest son, Solomon Bardwell, built our brick house, designed by Asher Benjamin, in 1812.  The main barn, 100′ long, a massive U-shaped structure, was built by the Andrews family in the 1880’s.  The 12″ by 12″ chestnut beams and the wide pine-board siding were cut from the forests on nearby Shingle Hill.  Three generations of Andrews lived in the brick house and worked at the farm until 1943, when Ed Andrews sold the property to my parents, Samuel and Jeanette Payne.

Over the years Foxbard Farm has supported a variety of agricultural products including dairy and beef cattle, hay crops, apples, vegetables, cordwood, and timber.  My father started our Black Angus herd in 1967 and by the early 1980’s hosted various New England Angus sales.  Over the last few years I have focused our efforts on producing high quality Angus beef for local markets.


We now have a herd of over 100 Angus, mostly pure bred.  We market about 25 steers each year to individuals, families, restaurants, and food markets in our local area.  Our other products include hay, cordwood, custom work, framing timbers, pine boards, and soft and hardwood logs from our forests.

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