April 12, 2024

A historic horse farm in Stamford is on sale for $4.5 million and everything must go, including the horses.  

“It’s a working horse farm. It’s not a show barn. It’s a place where people can go and experience horses and learn to ride and care for them,” Jeff Jackson, the listing agent, said. “I remember going there when my daughter was really little and it’s one of those magical places.”

Around 100 years ago — before it was used for lessons — the property was used to help deliver ice blocks from New York to Stamford, according to Mead. 

“They used to come down with horses and carriages with large ice blocks to be delivered from parts of New York State to the town of Stamford at that time. They use to switch their horses at this place,” Mead said. 

Mead Farm, located at 107 June Road in Stamford, has been offering horse riding lessons to its guests since 1928, according to owner George Mead. The property is used to board horses, give guests riding lessons or even the chance to take care of a horse for a day.

Mead Farm, located at 107 June Road in Stamford, has been offering horse riding lessons to its guests since 1928, according to owner George Mead. The property is used to board horses, give guests riding lessons or even the chance to take care of a horse for a day.

Kyle P Norton

Aside from the property itself, the new owner will get Mead’s personal collection of nine horses and equipment. Included among the equines are two Morgan horses, a breed known for being used in competitions.

“We’re talking about everything. The tools, the snow blower, the horses. All that tact associated with the horses is going,” Mead said. 

The farm has 26 stalls to store the horses, as well as features like a feed room, a hay loft and two heated tack rooms. There are four outdoor rings on the property to ride the horses.

Mead Farm, located at 107 June Road in Stamford, has been offering horse riding lessons to its guests since 1928, according to owner George Mead. The property is used to board horses, give guests riding lessons or even the chance to take care of a horse for a day.

Mead Farm, located at 107 June Road in Stamford, has been offering horse riding lessons to its guests since 1928, according to owner George Mead. The property is used to board horses, give guests riding lessons or even the chance to take care of a horse for a day.

Kyle P Norton / contributed

Mead acquired both the property and business from his mother-in-law for $3 million in 2007.  He bought it so his children could enjoy riding horses. However, Mead said his children are now “attracted to other things” and he doesn’t want to force them to take care of the farm as he goes into retirement.

He plans to move to Florida or one of the Carolinas.  

“I wouldn’t want to hold [my daughter] back by saying ‘Look there’s a family farm, you’re expected to take this over.’ That’s not me,” Mead said. 

In the 15 years he’s owned the farm, more than 6,200 guests have visited the farm for rides, according to Mead. Most of the visitors come from Greenwich, Stamford, Weston, Darien, Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan, he added.

Some trails on the property’s 4.84 acres belong to the Greenwich Riding & Trail Association’s network, according to Mead. The network is a series of paths that run through Greenwich, Stamford and Rye Brook, where guests can ride horses. Stamford’s Mianus River also crosses the property. 

Aside from riding lessons, the farm has been used to host events like wine and cheese tastings and weddings.

Mead Farm, located at 107 June Road in Stamford, has been offering horse riding lessons to its guests since 1928, according to owner George Mead. The property is used to board horses, give guests riding lessons or even the chance to take care of a horse for a day.

Mead Farm, located at 107 June Road in Stamford, has been offering horse riding lessons to its guests since 1928, according to owner George Mead. The property is used to board horses, give guests riding lessons or even the chance to take care of a horse for a day.

Corcoran Centric Realty / contributed

“We had three different marriages in which they met each other here,” Mead said. 

The home on the property has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Cars can be stored in its two-car garage. 

Mead hopes the next owner of the farm will “take it to the next level.” The property could be upgraded with an indoor ring and by adding more stalls, according to information provided by Corcoran Centric Realty. 

Real estate tracking firm Redfin listed median home prices for the home’s ZIP code at $849,000 in December 2022. Redfin notes average homes in the area sell for around the asking price and are off the market in about 41 days, while the hottest homes sell for four percent above the asking price and are only on the market for about 25 days.

Jackson, the listed agent for Mead Farm at 107 June Road in Stamford can be reached at (917) 846-5599.