The Board of Directors of The Society for the Preservation of Putnam County Antiquities and Greenways, Inc. (“Preserve Putnam County”) has,
with great sadness, decided to relinquish the Lease of Tilly Foster Farm (the “Farm””). We will assist the County Executive and the Legislature in
returning the Farm to direct County control. During the transition, the Tilly Foster Farm Museum will remain free and open to the people of Putnam County and our animals will continue to receive excellent care.
Preserve Putnam County is extremely proud of its five-year stewardship of the Farm. It met its goal of keeping the Farm free and open to the people of Putnam County when it was threatened with being closed to Putnam
Preserve Putnam County created a world-class museum of critically endangered Early American farm animals when there was not a single animal on the Farm when it took over the Farm stewardship. Preserve
Putnam County added infrastructure to the Farm including painting buildings that had not been painted in 40 years, constructing new fences and maintaining, repairing and painting the traditional white fencing that
surrounds the Farm.
Thousands of volunteer hours were utilized to keep the Farm attractive for its owner, the people of Putnam County. The Board would especially like
to thank Meredith Whipple for assisting the Society in running the Farm and for her daily presence at the Farm for two years struggling against almost insurmountable odds to keep the Farm free and open to her
neighbors in Putnam County. The Whipple family additionally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in meeting the shortfalls of the Farm explicitly so that the Farm would not be closed to the people of Putnam
Preserve Putnam County has filed with the County every document required by Federal, State and County law, all of which are publicly available, and Preserve Putnam County will provide any information
required by its lease agreement with the County.
Preserve Putnam County is very proud of its successful venture (and adventure) in its management of the Farm by providing free access for the people of Putnam County. In total, over the last 15 years Preserve Putnam
County completed and financed five projects for Putnam County. In addition to the Tilly Foster Farm Museum, the Spain Cornerstone Park with its conference center; Whipple-Feeley Putnam County Veterans
Memorial Chapel; obtaining and lending the portrait of General Israel Putnam for the historic courthouse; and planting the rare Liberty Elms in front of the building to appear as it did in the 1920s.
We are proud of our gifts to the people of Putnam County and invite you to visit and enjoy them.
The Board of Directors of The Society for the Preservation of Putnam County Antiquities and Greenways, Inc.
Hon. Robert J. Bondi
Hon. Donald B. Smith
Robert P. Morini
Meredith A. Whipple
George C. Whipple III