Birches Pond Farm
Carol and Carlton Taylor
Carol Taylor Etchings & Collage
Carlton Taylor Photographs
Once Carlton retired in 2005, he was able to devote considerably more time to his photography. What had been an occasional diversion and part time hobby became a calling. Recognition came quickly. Carlton’s work has been accepted into a number of juried shows (winning numerous awards) and is now in many private collections. He exhibited at outdoor shows with his wife for many years in New England before recently moving to Florida.
Birches Pond Farm
Carol and Carlton Taylor moved to New Hartford, CT, in 1979. They had hoped to find a country property where they could grow Christmas trees. The week their son Christopher was born they found a 22 acre property in New Hartford. The house and yard were not in good shape, a "fixer upper", but it was a long term commitment.
Since their property was to become a tree farm they thought they should give it a name. They loved their pond, with birches reflecting in the water. The pond was at the front of the property, visible to passersby, as were the gardens and trees surrounding it. It wasn't hard to come up with the name "'Birches Pond Farm."
The property was heavily wooded, with trees coming up to the small yard behind the house. With 22 acres, however, anything was possible. In additon to fixing up the house, work began clearing acreage for the planting of Christmas trees. Since the cleared area was on a downslope behind the house, once the trees were cleared a panoramic view opened up. The view was enjoyed by many visitors over the years.
The Taylors sold Christmas trees from their property for 26 years. Families came every year, with kids running down the hill looking for the perfect tree. Santa was there giving out candy canes, and adventures were had as trees were cut, hauled, and loaded by the customers. Many memories were made by all.
While the impetus for buying the property was the tree farm, it also became the main venue for "Open House" art shows. Carol used the house as her gallery every year in the Fall. Her art customers came for the art, the view, and the beautiful foliage. After Carlton retired, and started showing his photographs, the house gallery was too small. A beautiful barn was built adjacent to the tree farm parking lot, and Spring and Fall shows were possible at the farm. The last show was held over two weekends in the Spring of 2022. It was time to move closer to family.
After 43 years, the Taylors sold Birches Pond Farm in the summer of 2022. They now split their time between houses in St. Pete Beach, FL, and Aurora, CO. While the locales are different, their callings remain the same. Art work will still be produced and exhibited, and yards will be worked on, but at a somewhat slower pace. While there are many great memories from the past, new ones will be made for sure.