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Katonah in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Farm Managerís Cottage

John Jay Homestead

 
 
The Farm Managerís Cottage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
1. The Farm Managerís Cottage Marker
Inscription.
The brick cottage was built ca. 1800 for Jayís first farm manager, Major Samuel Lyon. Lyon oversaw such daily activities on the farm as: ditching and draining land; building and maintaining fences; plowing, planting, and harvesting fields; and tending the orchards.

Like others in his economic position, John Jay employed tenant farmers who carried out the work under the managerís supervision. In return for their services, Jay provided them with cottages and small gardens, and he subsidized the cost of seeds and tools so they could plant larger cash crops on his land. When Jay collected rent from his tenants, it was often paid in the form of “shares” of these cash crops.
 
Erected by Friends of the Jay Homestead. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 41° 15.09′ N, 73° 39.508′ W. Marker is in Katonah, New York, in Westchester County. Marker can be reached from Jay Street (New York State Route 22) 0.1 miles south of Beaver Dam Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the John Jay Homestead. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Route 22, Katonah NY 10536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Brick Lot (within shouting
The Farm Managerís Cottage and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 14, 2009
2. The Farm Managerís Cottage and Marker
distance of this marker); The Organization of the Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stable Courtyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barn Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Bedford House (within shouting distance of this marker); The John Jay Potting Sheds (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Sundial and Fountain Gardens (about 300 feet away); Welcome to John Jay Homestead (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Katonah.
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Places
 
The Farm Managerís Cottage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
3. The Farm Managerís Cottage Marker
Farm Managerís Cottage, ca. 1960. image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
4. Farm Managerís Cottage, ca. 1960.
[ detail from the marker ]
Family documents in the Homestead archives reveal a constant change of tenants and managers. On the Jay farm. Tenancy was common in America and was practiced by all five generations of the Jays until the 1940s. This photograph shows the farm managerís cottage, ca. 1960.
Tenant Houses image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
5. Tenant Houses
[ detail from the marker ]
This is one of the three small tenant houses built by the Jays in the 19th century. Today the tenant houses exist as parts of larger homes in the neighborhood of the Homestead.
1900 Photograph image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
6. 1900 Photograph
[ detail from the marker ]
This view, ca. 1900 shows the glasshouses on the left, the main house on the ridgeline towards the left center, and the barns and farm managerís cottage to the right.
Houses on the Homestead image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
7. Houses on the Homestead
[ detail from the marker ]
The prefabricated house next to the brick cottage was built in the early 1920s. From 1926 through the 1930s it served as the residence of the farm superintendent. Factory-produced, prefabricated houses were sold through catalogs and shipped ready to assemble.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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