Known as the “Commanding Heights,” there is a stretch of land in Bedford that has remained untainted by development for over 300 years. It is here, in the summer of 1779, that a lookout posted on Guard Hill fired his pistol three times to warn of the enemy approaching. Below this historic landmark sits Rochambeau Farm, a newly built New England style farmhouse on 67 acres complete with horse pastures, stables and a neighboring country store. And it is here that Mary Ann Hawley will open her home for a summer solstice celebration on June 21st to benefit the Bedford Historical Society.
“Rochambeau Farm was shaped by history,” says Hawley. “My goal was to create a gathering place that I could share with others. This is the highest point in Westchester County and the views are beyond breathtaking. It just wouldn’t be right to keep them to myself,” she added.
Hawley and her friend Alex Hamer, a professional equestrian and entrepreneur, are both active in the Bedford Historical Society and wanted to do something to support the organization. “I got to know everyone at the Society while planning the house,” said Hawley. “They had an easement on the land and among the many restrictions were ‘no shiny metals, no reflective windows and the house had to be in an architectural style in keeping with Bedford,’” she noted. Hamer, who was recently elected to the Historical Society’s Board of Directors has been working with Hawley to create “a memorable event.”
“Mary Ann has hosted numerous fundraisers to support other organizations,” Hamer said. “And since we both love the charm of Bedford, it made sense to honor the group responsible for preserving the historic character of the Village.”
The Summer Solstice party will take place at Rochambeau Farm on Friday, June 21st at 6:30 pm. “We’re having all sorts of wonderful appetizers, summer cocktails and a dance floor so our guests can dance under the stars and enjoy the vistas,” said Hawley. Sponsors Sidney Frank Importers and Vine and Co. are contributing to this event to support the Historical Society. Tickets are $200 each and 100% of the ticket price will be donated to the Society’s Preservation Fund. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the Society’s website: www.bedfordhistoricalsociety.org or call them at (914) 234-9751.