History of South Meadow Farm

South Meadow Farm

The South Meadow Farm history began with the purchase of 130 acres of meadow from the Thew family by Tony’s mom and dad, Jane and Hamilton (“Ham”) Corwin.

Early History

Ham was a prisoner of war during WWII, who escaped capture and returned to his hometown in New Jersey at the end of the war in 1945(?). Ham’s experiences probably had a lot to do with his realizing that life is short, it was time to marry his sweetheart, Jane, and settle down to a normal life. A challenge to the success of Ham’s plan was that Jane happened to be 10 hours away teaching at Camp Treetops in the Adirondacks.

So off he went to Lake Placid, to propose marriage and unexpectedly get himself a job teaching at the school. Ham and Jane taught at the school for 17 years, during which time a home was built on the property close to the road and where Tony spent his childhood.

In the early 60s, following retirement from teaching, Jane and Ham left the area, selling the full 130-acre property to Betty and Harry Eldridge.

Harry & Betty Eldridge

In the early 1970s the original house by the road burned down, so when the architects that rebuilt that house they rebuilt the A-frame to include an addition where Harry and Betty lived. By this time they were co-directors of North Country School and the other side of the building continued to be used as a dorm for older students.

At some point in the 60s Harry, Betty, and Roger Loud built an A-frame house as a summer camp for the older kids in the location where South Meadow Farm now resides.

In 1980 Harry and Betty retired. As an avid mountaineer, Harry continued to hike area trails. When the Olympics came to Lake Placid they used the dorm to house athletes. With such close proximity to Mt. Van Hoevenberg it was a natural fit. This encouraged a trend that was already in place. Namely, that the dorm came to be a bed and breakfast which Harry and Betty managed until Harry’s tragic on-trail death in the late 90s.

Betty kept the bed and breakfast running for a year or two, until her children encouraged her to let go of the burden of running such a labor intensive business. A call was placed by her son-in-law, Perry, to Nancy and Tony to see if there was any interest in purchasing the property.

The Corwin Family

Nancy and Tony were living in southwest Florida, owners of two successful Hallmark Card & Gift Shops. Kimberly was attending Camp Treetops for the summer and at Perry’s suggestion they came for one of the Parents’ Weekends to check out the property. They thought it was nice, but it was not until their flight back to Florida that they had a chance to think things through.

By the time their plane landed, the deed was done! The family was moving to Lake Placid and the history of South Meadow Farm was about to enter its current stage of history.

Ironically, as Tony is fond of pointing out, they purchased half of the property back from Betty Eldridge at 25 times what his dad had sold it to her and Harry for in the 60s. That’s okay, because the ink was barely dry on the deal in 1991 when Nancy and Tony had their first catering event for a wedding…and they were off and running!

As just mentioned, the Lodge was a bed and breakfast when Nancy and Tony purchased the property. There were five bedrooms and only one bathroom with ladders leading up to the loft area. As Nancy and Tony gently describe the original building’s condition, “it was very rustic.” The existing kitchen had a footprint similar to the current one, but with carpeting and a trampoline floor (it was quite bouncy), the kitchen was strongly in need of a complete overhaul. As you may be able to tell by this point, Tony – the numbers man – says they spent twice as much on the South Meadow kitchen as they did for their previous home.

Farming & Maple Sugaring

As just mentioned, the Lodge was a bed and breakfast when Nancy and Tony purchased the property. There were five bedrooms and only one bathroom with ladders leading up to the loft area. As Nancy and Tony gently describe the original building’s condition, “it was very rustic.” The existing kitchen had a footprint similar to the current one, but with carpeting and a trampoline floor (it was quite bouncy), the kitchen was strongly in need of a complete overhaul. As you may be able to tell by this point, Tony – the numbers man – says they spent twice as much on the South Meadow kitchen as they did for their previous home.

As often happens before we know any better, Nancy and Tony added farming and a maple sugaring operation to their daily tasks. For Tony, the maple sugarworks began mostly as a way to keep himself busy once he retired from working at North Country School. Adding a flock of lambs, has a different story and came to a quiet close as the years – and labor – began to add up. For those of you familiar with raising animals, it is a 100% commitment and involves a lot of early morning chores.

Today, South Meadow Farm operates as a well-respected bed and breakfast and as a maple sugaring operation.

Our Family

Tony Corwin

Nancy Corwin

Kimberly Corwin Gray

Timothy Corwin

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Maple Sugarworks

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