• Sunday , 18 March 2018

Historic South Salem Farm With Deep Community Roots

Sassafras Farm presents a rare opportunity to own one of Lewisboro’s finest historic properties.  Built in 1756 by a member of South Salem’s founding family, the exquisite Colonial carries a legacy of luxury spanning four centuries, hosting a roster of distinguished residents including a onetime President of a certain 126-year-old real estate brokerage.


The grounds of the property in its current iteration reflect an immense 1920s expansion project, which melded 18th century roots with grand-scale amenities, which today include a pool, lighted tennis court, guest house, artist’s studio, stables and a five-car garage—along with access rights to Lake Truesdale, which sits a short distance away.  Another notable addition was a dramatic, paneled sunken living room, with oversized windows overlooking the farm.

Sassafras Farm—then “Derby Hill”—circa 1967

The property is as perfect for social gatherings today as it ever was, and it has a lengthy background of hosting them.  “We had musical friends who bought the caretaker’s cottage and brought all sorts of interesting people to visit,” said Mimi Mitchell, a prior owner of the property. “We had a piano concert, ‘Music in the Garden,’ one summer with the late Hilde Somer.”

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