At The Tappan Stock Farm, from left are Kathy Tappan’s great-grandfather Charles H. Tappan, and her grandfather Frank Tappan. Submitted photo

Winthrop Maine Historical Society plans to present the stories of life on The Tappan Stock Farm by Kathy Tappan and Natalie Weise at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Winthrop History and Heritage Center on 107 Main St.

Tappan and Weise have many memories of the Tappan Stock Farm. During the summer months, Kathy spent her days at her grandfather’s farm on the Mount Pisgah Road. To get to Camp Tappan among the pines on Wilson Pond, she said you drove through the farm property to the pond.

In 1920, Kathy’s grandfather, Frank Tappan, raised American Guernsey Cows on the Tappan Stock Farm. Around 1913, Natalie Weise’s grandfather Raymond Riley moved from Attleboro, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters. Later, two more daughters were born on the farm.

Riley ran the farm for the Tappans where he milked cows and sold the milk to the Drews Dairy, grew apples in the orchards and helped to train racehorses using sulkies. One of the many cows born on the farm was a calf named Bertha who was born on March 5, 1920 to a father named Tappan’s Governor of Winthrop and a mother named Grée according to the records of The American Guernsey Cattle Club.

In the 1960s-70s, Kathy’s father, Graham Tappan, and her uncle Charles Tappan ran the farm and raised chickens for eggs and some animals.

For more information, contact the society at 207-395-5199 or [email protected].

Tappan Stock Farm horses. Submitted photo

 

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