Elizur Smith builds High Lawn Farm, achieving production on formerly poor acreage.
High Lawn Farm Timeline
250 acres sold to W.D. Sloane, 180 to George Westinghouse; together they build a highway from Lee to Lenox by way of their estates.
Coach barn built; used for sheep, pigs and cows.
Lila Sloane, W.D’s youngest daughter, marries William B. Osgood Field; Sloane builds a summer villa on High Lawn grounds.
A great barn held 100 tons of hay; everything grew on these formerly “poor” lands—from rye, oats and wheat to artichokes and lima beans, not to mention livestock—turkeys, geese, ducks, chickens, pigs as well as cows who gave choice milk, butter and cream; High Lawn’s are called the finest group of farm buildings in the…
Under Field’s guidance, many improvements are made, with 600 acres under cultivation; electricity powering the dairy; 30 cows producing 100 lbs of butter weekly. A new stable is built; other new buildings stretch on three sides of an 80-foot court with two cupolas rising above; incomparable views. Field was described by a longtime employee as…
First of the Jersey herd established at High Lawn
The foundation of today’s herd come to High Lawn: breeding includes Sophie Tormentor from Hood Farm in Lowell, MA, River Road Farm, Concord, MA and several Vermont breeders. Blue Belle’s Golden King comes to High Lawn from Hyde Park
Official production records date from this year, cited as the founding year of the High Lawn we know today; bottling begins.
Marjorie Field marries Helm George Wilde; Mrs. Field consults Wilde on farm matters and High Lawn begins to sell milk and other products; the herd is increased.
Marjorie and H. George Wilde purchase High Lawn from the estate of Mrs. Wilde’s parents; their base herd is now 45 milking cows and includes several older cows sired by Blue Belles Golden King, including founding females of the Hilma, May, and Patricia cow families, each of whom have direct maternal line descendants in the…
High Lawn Farm begins home delivery service to Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield and Stockbridge.
Lilac’s Remus, top production sire of the 1930’s, arrives at High Lawn.
High Lawn recognized as model farm, 25 families of employees residing.
High Lawn’s Siegried’s Pride captures national milk record, producing 83 pounds of milk in one day.
Western end of Coach Barn houses yearlings.
Welcome Volunteer, seven-year old highest-tested-and-proven Jersey bull, arrives from the Victory Jersey Farm in Swisher County, Texas.
A gala Christmas party for all, in its 30th incarnation with 140 executives, workers and families, a Santa Claus distributing gifts, a multitude of chrysanthemums and pointsettias and “lovely, big jellyrolls” (cite Consolati)
High Lawn Farm bulls and bulls’ semen donated to nine artificial insemination centers in India, resulting in 30,000 crossbred offspring by 1970 that gave three to four times as much milk as their dams—meaning increased protein, calcium, and other nutrients for mothers and children. High Lawn bulls were also sold to the Department of Agriculture…
Col. H.G. Wilde receives Master Breeder Award by the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) for “having bred outstanding animals for many years and thereby making a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States”.
Marjorie Field Wilde receives the Master Breeder award from the AJCA, making the Wildes the only husband-wife team to receive separate Master Breeder Awards. At the presentation of the award, Dr. John Rebers gives this tribute: “Together, Mr. and Mrs. Wilde have, with uncommon grace and basic integrity, concerned themselves with building strong cow families…”
Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeders Award given to the Wildes by the National Dairy Shrine, the first such recognition awarded to Jersey breeders.
About 1400 quarts of milk are packaged three times a week at High Lawn; delivery available; at least 15 generations of cows and bulls traceable back to the start in the early 1920’s. On the 1995 USDA Sire Summary, of the 67 active Jersey A.I. bulls all have High Lawn breeding in their pedigrees within…
New milking parlor double 8 BouMatic installed.
Deliveries to Boston begin.
The National Heifer Sale, an annual sale of the nation’s top Registered Jersey™ heifers sponsored by the American Jersey Cattle Association, raises a record $309,900, the highest gross in the event’s 48-year history, in support of two causes: The national Jersey youth program, for which the National Heifer Sale was created in 1958, receives $25,000…
High Lawn becomes an All-Jersey® producer-distributor and is among the first Jersey dairies to use the assurance of Jersey quality designation Queen of Quality® on products.
North American Jersey Cheese awards silver medals to both High Lawn lightly salted and unsalted butter.
Home delivery is stopped.
Construction of the new milking cows’ barn with climate control and water beds.
A robotic milking system is installed, only the second in Massachusetts; cows moved to the new barn.
Major renovations and restorations underway across High Lawn Farm. Coach Barn restored, and from 2014, calves, heifers and dry cows reside there.