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White Horse Farm of Hinckley Township

Updated on August 18, 2014

Welcome To White Horse Farm

Hello, and welcome to one and all who appreciate the fine art of the family farm. This site is all about the fine art of White Horse Farm of Hinckley Township.  White Horse Farm is an organic farm with an historic English stone cottage and cottage gardens. White Horse Farm is rich in history, and housed a celebrity or two in its day.

White Horse Farm
White Horse Farm

A Little History About The House . . .

The White Horse Farm House is a Historical Landmark. This English stone cottage was built in 1840 by John Gargett. John Gargett was born in England in 1804 and came to America as a young man. He was a stone mason involved in building the Simon Perkin's Mansion, home of the Summit County Historical Society.

Gargett married in 1837 and lived in this house with his wife, Mary and their ten (10) children, two of whom served in the Civil War.

Today, it is the home of Bill & Cynthia Oliver.

The Sandstone Facade

The barn has a beautiful sandstone façade, which complements the old stone house and maintains the integrity of the property -and the gardens are as remarkable as the buildings. A professional garden designer, Cynthia Oliver planned each one to enhance the beauty of the property as a whole. Her talent makes White Horse Farm, with its revived barn and gardens, a true gem.

Information about the barn is courtesy of:

Courtesy of The Medina County Land Conservancy

Photography by Tonie Cook

English Cottage and Country Gardens
English Cottage and Country Gardens

Examples of various English country gardens and estates. Perfect reference manual for the restoration or creation of an English landscape, garden, or country home.

 

The Century Bank Barn

When they first set eyes on the dilapidated century bank barn, Cynthia and Bill Oliver saw something others did not: potential. So they purchased the barn on 20 acres, with an 1841 stone house in Hinckley Township. They searched for someone to rehabilitate the barn, and no one wanted the job. In fact, they were advised to raze it. But the barn had so much history -milking stanchions for cows, an old pulley system in the loft for hauling hay with draft horses- the Olivers couldn't bear to tear it down.

Finally, a friend offered to help them rescue the barn. Working weekends, they replaced the corner posts, the rotting roof and floorboards. They spruced up the original siding and laid brick for flooring. The downstairs was converted into a tack and feed room and three stalls were built in a lean-to off the back. Four walkout stalls and a foaling stall were added later. Modern features include automatic watering, and the Olivers are particularly proud of the automated insect repellent system. It uses a natural chrysanthemum extract to mist the barn, keeping the bugs at bay during the summer.

The Barn Yard

The Barn Yard
The Barn Yard

White Horse Farm Landscape

White Horse Farm Landscape
White Horse Farm Landscape

Mrs. Oliver's Precious Jewels

Fine & Fancy Fresh Cut Flowers and Fine & Fancy Farm Fresh Eggs . . .

To the right is an example of The Fine Art of White Horse Farm. White Horse Farm is also known for its Fine and Fancy Fresh Cut Flowers and Fine and Fancy Farm Fresh Eggs. Although Mrs. Oliver does not have eggs for sale at this time, Etsy seller Almeda can provide you with farm fresh eggs and various types and sizes of blown eggs for arts and crafts. Below are some of the items Almeda has for sale at this time.

White Horse Farm Horses
White Horse Farm Horses

Life On The Farm

Enjoying the pasture at White Horse Farm

White Horse Farm is so named because most of its resident horses. They enjoy nearly constant access to the adjacent pastures, as well as the occasional trail ride.

The White Horse
The White Horse

We hope you enjoyed learning a little about White Horse Farm and the Annual Garden Tours. This site will update periodically with more garden tours, seasonal florals, and good things from friends of the farm. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by. Until we meet again . . .

Happy Trails

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A very lovely place. Thanks for the tour.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Awesome lens! What a lovely place to visit, it's so quaint...nicely done.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I did enjoy this lens. You have some very nice photos here too.

      TonyB

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Great lens and lovely photos of White Horse Farm. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      The Olivers turned this diamond in the rough into a shining jewel. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous English farm!

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      Arthur Russ 5 years ago from England

      Cool, sure looks like an English farm of Distinction.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I was drawn to this lens because my family on my father's side, the Paynes, came from Hinckley in Leicestershire in England going back as far as the mid 1700's. I just wonder if there might be a family connection with this township, who knows. Love the photos and I love old buildings too. Blessed.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Hey Hey Hey! I think seriously I might have been there! I used to watch the buzzards of Hinckley -- when we lived in Brunswick.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I like this tour of Ohio. Lovely.

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      VivekS 7 years ago

      The concept looks cool and it's a good deal about the horse farm. Enjoyed reading. God bless.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      The bank barn on White Horse Farm reminds me of our Old Barn in Vermont where there are still cow stantions carved by hand and 100 year old hay in the loft.

      Beautiful lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Amazing concept. My wife and I purchased a 20 acre farm in Summit New York and have been greatly inspired by your work. We have three barns, stone walls, a large pond and plenty of woodland, wetland and fields. We were so excited about what you have done and feel ennobled your sharing it with us. You can view our farm potential at: http://picasaweb.google.com/jeseppi

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Oh, wow, I love this lens! What beautiful pictures and how did you ever get that slide show to go? You should do a lens teaching people how to do that. Or have you already?

      5* and a great place

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      Wow, what a beautiful place!! :)