White Horse Farm of Hinckley Township
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.
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 faÃ§ade, 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:
English Cottage Home And Garden Design
For a true English Garden, it is important to know how to grow and preserve heirloom seed.
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
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.
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.
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 . . .