Every small business has a story worth sharing. My name is Donielle Hawley and after moving to the country several years ago, I started collecting beautiful things to fill our farm house. The problem was (and still is) I have found more things than I can use alone...so a small business was born.
Sharing the hand-selected collection with others is such a joy. The history of the pieces gives each event a rich family feel that is so special. We look forward to the opportunity to be part of your cherished memory.
Built by the Hart family in 1774, the 50-acre property sits at the intersection of Litchfield, Goshen, Cornwall and Warren, Connecticut. A waterway which connects Hart Pond to the Shepaug Reservoir runs through the landscape and at one time powered Hart Mill which produced musical instruments.
Now our farm businesses include breeding and training Tennessee Walker horses and hay production. The first foals were born at the stables last spring. We also planted an orchard this year which should be producing fruit soon and are considering a small herd of goats. The kitchen garden is modest yet bountiful. Maybe someday a greenhouse would allow for additional crops.
Our family of five moved to the Litchfield hills with a dream. We left the comforts of a long-established life in suburbia without any farming experience, relatives or friends to live a life that we had only imagined. It was exciting, yet very scary, but we have found our way with trial and error, help from neighbors, courage and a little luck.
Our three kids, two dogs, three cats, two mini-donkeys and about 15 horses enjoy the wide-open spaces and fresh air. The pace here is slower and the people are welcoming.
Sometimes I miss Trader Joes and Indian take-out and always the company of our dear old friends, but the life we have now in the country, even with the considerable workload, is a true gift that we will always treasure.