|Bourne Farm, or Crowell-Bourne Farm, circa 1775|
For my recent ghost mystery/romance, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, I needed more information on historic farms located on Cape Cod. The farm in my novel has been in the Turner family for generations, and Luke Turner is determined to save the property from development, despite financial struggles. So I visited a few farms in person in addition to doing online research.
|Crocker Pond on Bourne Farm|
|The cattle run...this used to be a passage for the|
cattle to cross beneath the railroad tracks. The
tracks above are now a bike path.
|My hubby walking the trails (Otis the dog|
must be further up ahead)
|Otis posing in the cattle run|
One other farm we visited was Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port. This farm was originally settled in 1639 when the area was still part of the Plymouth Colony. I used some of the history of this farm as inspiration--specifically, Taylor-Bray was a working farm until 1941, harvesting hay and selling fruit. The existing farm house there now was built in the late 1800s, and visitors are allowed to walk through when it's open. The decor has been preserved, but in my mind's eye, my fictional farm house has had quite a lot of renovations throughout the years.
|Sheep at Taylor-Bray Farm. My fictional farm has horses.|
While these two farms are now historic landmarks open to the public, there are a number of working farms on the Cape that still house families. Those I researched online, or visited their produce stands to enjoy the fresh fruits and veggies!
All in all, this research was a fascinating look at some Cape Cod history, as well as inspiration for the setting. But then my imagination took over. Who is haunting Hillwood Farm? And why? You'll have to read the book to find out! It's available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon, just follow the link below to read the blurb.
|Winner of Best Romantic Suspense |
at N.N. Light's Book Heaven Reviews!
And for more posts on historic sites on Cape Cod, check out a few of my other posts: Historic Falmouth, Exploring Washburn Island (abandoned military base from WWII), Haunted Barnstable Village (deserted prisons anyone?), and Visiting Cuttyhunk Island (which is literally like time-traveling to a different decade!). Thanks for stopping by!