Farm Named for US University For Sale

Farmland at Halstock for sale with an interesting story as to how it got its name.

Farm Named for US University For Sale

At first glance the name Harvard Farm might not have much meaning, after all it’s just a name, but it is no coincidence that it shares that name with the famous university in Cambridge Massachusetts. Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the USA, was established in 1636 and named after John Harvard its first benefactor.

He was an English minister born in Surrey who inherited a considerable sum from his father and died at the young age of 30 bequeathing half his estate, £780 to a school together with his library of four hundred volumes. In gratitude the school was renamed Harvard.

Harvard Farm above Sutton Bingham outside Halstock was named by another Englishman and benefactor of the university, Thomas Hollis.  A man of the Enlightenment and a supporter of the rights of American colonialists he inherited estates in Dorset and went on to name the farms after his heroes and ideals.  Several of the farms, Liberty Farm, Marvell Farm, Locke Farm, Springfield Farm and Harvard Farm survive together with field names like Brutus, Cassius, Cicero and Pythagoras. 

132 acres of arable and pastureland at Harvard Farm is now being offered for sale by tender on 15th June by the Yeovil office of Symonds & Sampson at a Guide of £1,000,000.  Perhaps the successful buyer might be tempted to rename some of the fields after more recent Alumni of the university, Obama, Zuckerberg, Gates or Portman?

Further information from Becks Kaye on 01935 382907.


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