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The Gray Homestead in Springwater NY

Photos and information coutesy of Peggy Gray.

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The Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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The Curtis Homestead built circa 1890.

The Gray Farms of Springwater NY

By Margaret “Peggy” Kammerer Gray

Asbell Lamont first settled on the farm now known as the Gray Farms located on Canadice Lake road on the east hill of Springwater NY. He was a farmer who worked his own farm and was an excellent game hunter. The Lamont farm appears on lot 62 of the map of Springwater NY in the year 1872.

Charles and Alice Curtice owned and farmed the 100 acres from 1880 to 1914. They raised sheep, grains and had a small dairy. In 1890 they built a Victorian farm house and new wooden barns that are still used in 2014. Their daughter Flora Curtice married Charles Schwab and they continued to farm with sheep, grains and a small dairy. Flora owned the farm until her death in 1962. The Curtice farm appears on lot 62 of the map of Springwater NY in the year 1926.

Robert Ehrlich and family purchased the farm in 1963 and had a small dairy of brown swiss cows.

In 1967 Donald and Margaret Gray purchased the farm and named it Gray Farms. Together they raised beef cattle, hay and grains. As the cattle number grew and more feed was needed the farm expanded. More cropland was purchased in the town of Sparta and in 1989 Pine Top Farm was purchased from Margaret’s father, Rudolph Kammerer, and for many years Donald and Margaret also raised and sold Christmas trees.

The Gray family still owns and works the farm (2014).

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The parlor entrance and porch of the Gray Homestead in 2014.

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The front entrance and porch of the Gray Homestead in 2014.

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Pump and barns at the Gray Farms in 2014.

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The south east corner of the Gray Homestead in 2014.

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The Gray Farms welcome sign in 2014.

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Upstairs window details of the Gray Homestead in Springwater NY in 2014.

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The westward view from the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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An old barn of the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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Old barns at the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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Old barns at the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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Old barns at the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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The business barn at the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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The house and barn at the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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The old barn at the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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The old barn and remnants at the Gray Farms Homestead in 2014.

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Certification sign at the Gray Farms in 2014.

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Aerial view of the Gray Farm circa 1940.

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