By Cathy Callopy
The Dinsmore family owned about two hundred acres of hills behind the main house. Although the hills themselves were utilized as sheep and goat pastures, the lower portion was kept as a horse pasture. If you follow the path to the left of the carriage house, you will find the horse barn, which was originally joined with mortise-and-tenon construction. On top of the ridge was the Dinsmore orchard. According to the 1880 census the farm had approximately one thousand apple trees and one hundred peach trees. The documentation left by James and Julia Dinsmore indicates that they also planted cherry, quince, plum, and pear trees. A tenant house was located on “Cherry Hill” and the cistern from this homesite is still visible from the hiking trail.