If you are a history buff...
You might be interested to know that this farm was homesteaded in the mid-1860s by Horace Larned. By 1867, Larned had "proved up" on the land, and in August of that year he received a homestead patent for 160 acres. Way to go Horace! By the early 1890s, a 120 acre farm here was owned by Angeline Sawdey. The Sawdey family established this farm just after the turn of the twentieth century, and they continued to live here until the early 1950s. The farm rates among Boulder County's better preserved and most intact farm complexes dating to the early twentieth century. The Sawdey family's economic progression is shown by a small original house, known as the "Honeymoon House", built circa 1905, which was left standing after a larger two-story home was built a few years later. Among several farm buildings listed on a 1948 appraisal card, only a chicken coop is no longer standing. Moreover, only two loafing sheds and a workshop are less than fifty years old. Evidently constructed in the early 1960s, these structures demonstrate the farm's progression of utilitarian farm buildings into the late twentieth century.
When we bought the farm, it didn’t have a name. We were told a story that it was once an old stagecoach stop. That’s fun. We were also told that Charles Sawdey was not a nice man and one of his farm hands shot him. Yikes. Not calling it Sawdey Farm. In the end we decided on the name Milston Well Farm. The word “Milston” comes from a combination of our boys’ names – Miller & Houston, and “Well” nods to the old hand dug well on the property. By summer of 2017 we hope to have turned the well into a beautiful feature.
We are constantly adding to our herd, but currently we have 26 chickens who provide us with fresh eggs daily, 2 goats (Verlyn & Rosemary), 2 donkeys (Gladys & Bee), 1 dog (Abby) and countless bunnies.