The Historic Murray Farm

The Historic Murray Farm

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My mother, Helen Murray, she would’ve been 105 today ❤️
We made this weeks Buzz Around Bridgewater (1/16/22)
July 2, 1950
Haying on the Murray Farm
For many years my father mowed the field behind the McElwain School for the town using his team of horses. He did not dry the hay but picked it up green and piled it sky high on his wagon
I vaguely remember the trip, he used one of the big hay wagons with steel rimed wheels and pulled the mowing machine behind the wagon.

Although I don’t recall how, there was a hay rake involved, I’m not sure how it got there, but his friend Holmesy was most likely involved with his horse.
The highlight of the day for us kids was the couple mile ride back to the farm riding on top of this huge hay pile. Another was finding praying mantises in the grass.

I recently came across a video of haying being done like this that I hope to attach…
The video also cracks me up, there is a section where they used a 5 window coupe to tedder the hay! I was visiting some friends in Taunton a few years ago and their neighbor was doing the same thing but with a beat up Ford Maverick.

Haying at Himmelstein Homestead Farm 1940s. Something calming to watch during these tense times.

Video courtesy of Frank Himmelstein
For many years my father mowed the field behind the McElwain School for the town using his team of horses. He did not dry the hay but picked it up green and piled it sky high on his wagon
I vaguely remember the trip, he used one of the big hay wagons with steel rimed wheels and pulled the mowing machine behind the wagon.

The Murray Farm Established in 1906 The Murray Farm was purchased in 1906 by my grandfather James Murray from Freeman Kaizer, so far 4 generations of Murray's have lived and worked here.

It was a working dairy farm until we sold the cows in 1986, we delivered milk throughout the Bridgewater’s, first by horse and wagon, then a Ford model T truck and down through the years with some Chevrolet and International Pickups to a few Divco's and ending with a Ford pickup.

Operating as usual

07/02/2022

Our team is ready to help you celebrate the 4th of July!





Timeline photos 03/24/2022

Timeline photos

🤣 How true is this??? 😂

03/10/2022

My mother, Helen Murray, she would’ve been 105 today ❤️

Photos from The Historic Murray Farm's post 01/31/2022

Photos from The Historic Murray Farm's post

01/16/2022

We made this weeks Buzz Around Bridgewater (1/16/22)

Timeline photos 12/29/2021

Timeline photos

Murray Farm 1921

Mobile uploads 12/29/2021

Mobile uploads

Timeline photos 12/29/2021

July 2, 1950

Uncle Bill July 2, 1950

Photos from The Historic Murray Farm's post 12/18/2021

Photos from The Historic Murray Farm's post

Photos from The Historic Murray Farm's post 12/10/2021

Haying on the Murray Farm

12/08/2021
12/02/2021
12/02/2021
12/01/2021

For many years my father mowed the field behind the McElwain School for the town using his team of horses. He did not dry the hay but picked it up green and piled it sky high on his wagon
I vaguely remember the trip, he used one of the big hay wagons with steel rimed wheels and pulled the mowing machine behind the wagon.

Although I don’t recall how, there was a hay rake involved, I’m not sure how it got there, but his friend Holmesy was most likely involved with his horse.
The highlight of the day for us kids was the couple mile ride back to the farm riding on top of this huge hay pile. Another was finding praying mantises in the grass.

I recently came across a video of haying being done like this that I hope to attach…
The video also cracks me up, there is a section where they used a 5 window coupe to tedder the hay! I was visiting some friends in Taunton a few years ago and their neighbor was doing the same thing but with a beat up Ford Maverick.

Haying at Himmelstein Homestead Farm 1940s. Something calming to watch during these tense times.

Video courtesy of Frank Himmelstein

12/01/2021

For many years my father mowed the field behind the McElwain School for the town using his team of horses. He did not dry the hay but picked it up green and piled it sky high on his wagon
I vaguely remember the trip, he used one of the big hay wagons with steel rimed wheels and pulled the mowing machine behind the wagon.

10/20/2021

Tennessee students drive tractors to school during Ag Week

I don’t think Bridgewater has this many tractors

Photos from The Historic Murray Farm's post 08/10/2021

Nice place to have my coffee ☕️

05/07/2021

Holmsey story number one:

Wilson Holmes, aka Holmsey was a good friend of my father and was often at the farm. He always smoked a corncob pipe and used Edgeworth tobacco that came in a small blue tin, in the tin it looked like thin slabs of tree bark. He would put some of it in his palm (always filthy) and using the thumb of his other hand he would pulverize it prior to stuffing it in the pipe. That done he had another Edgeworth tin in his coveralls that held strike anywhere wooden kitchen matches. I remember the smells to this day.

Timeline Photos 05/06/2021

This is the other end of the lane leading into the woods.

01/11/2021

History of Harvesting Innovation

01/06/2021
12/25/2020

Only 1 Built!! 1958 John Deere 420 LP Hi-Trac - Custom Built Victor Ebeling Spary Rig

11/22/2020

Some may not get this...

11/02/2020

Agriculture Technologies

Some flashbacks in there!

Mowing Hay with Horses

10/05/2020

One year ago, Happy Anniversary Jackson and Taylor

Mr &Mrs Smith

09/02/2020

Before...and after big wind

05/19/2020

Just had a quick Uncle Willy moment with a nice ripe pear, the man did enjoy a ripe pear! Well he's still in my thoughts..

03/23/2020

Please like and share my page when you visit, Thanks

03/22/2020

Did you know you could take a hike on the Historic Murray Farm? On North Street at the corner of the farm is the sign shown in the picture, the trail goes along the wall back to the woodland that has some nice trails to explore.
Please stay to the edge and do not explore the open fields as they are fragile croplands still actively involved in agriculture, it's also critical that you avoid any machinery that may be working.
Unfortunately there isn't any parking nearby, and North Street is narrow, also there are no stairs, so you have to climb up a short stone wall.
The homes and buildings are private property to avoid interacting with the police please respect their rights and privacy.
Peter

time.com 11/28/2019

'They're Trying to Wipe Us Off the Map.' Why Independent Farming in America Is Close to Extinction

time.com A perfect storm of factors has lead to the biggest crisis for American farmers in decades.

10/14/2019

Just Eat Real Food

Good idea

Fresh milk delivery is starting to make a comeback

10/06/2019

Mr &Mrs Smith

09/19/2019

Photos from down on the farm

07/16/2019

Farm looks great today (this is the field of corn and potatoes I posted awhile back, doing quite well!).

07/09/2019

Combines Harvesters Threshers

The International Harvester Company Proudly Presents
The Farmall B , but what I love best about this video is watch the gate opener right at the start !!

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0 North Street
Bridgewater, MA
02324

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