The Szczypta Conservation Farm on Glendale Road in Southampton includes the red barn, old pastures, still active hay fields, and remnants of the Northampton New Haven Canal. This farm was originally purchased in 1913 by Joseph and Anna Szczypta, both of whom were born in Poland. Anna was living with relatives in Easthampton when she met Joseph. They were married in January of 1910 Anna was 20, Joseph 26. They had a total of 10 children, five boy’s and five girls. The children attended the North School in District #2. Two of the sisters still reside in the main farmhouse on Glendale Road. In 1942, the family expanded the property to incorporate the Hanmon Farm that included the Red Barn on the east side of Route 10. The farm was primarily a dairy farm with as many as 75 cows but had crops of tobacco, potatoes, cabbage, and hay. The Red Bam was considered the “Maternity Ward” for the cows Pigs which were also raised on the property. Around 1994, when the farm work was considered to be too much, they arranged with Hazel Young, an early advocate of conservation in Southampton, to preserve the farm property by means of a state grant. The 103-acre site lies on both sides of Route 10 next to the Manhan River. Great views of Pomeroy Mountain and Mount Tom here a short and easy trail!

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