Averill Farm in Washington Celebrates 275th Anniversary

Averill Farm

Averill Farm is a treasure here in Washington, most notably known for its apples and cider donuts in the fall, delicious Thanksgiving pies in November, and cut your own trees in December. Many locals and visitors from near and far patiently await “pick-your-own” season every August through November, when over 20 varieties of apples and pears are available at the farm. The farm stand also offers Averill Farm’s own cider, apple cider donuts, homemade jams and jellies, and much more.

Averill Farm will open for the season on Saturday, August 14th this year, we hope to see you there!

Averill Farm
Apple season at the farm @stevemacrico

275 Years of History

Located in the heart of Washington on a scenic hilltop, Averill Farm was purchased in 1746 from the holdings of Chief Waramaug and has stayed in the Averill family for ten generations. While the 260-acre property originally raised cattle for dairy and beef, the Averill family focuses on agricultural harvesting these days, specializing in growing apples and pears. Today, Averill Farm is run by Tyson Averill of the 10th generation with the guidance and support of his parents, Sam and Susan.

Pictured below:
Left: Four generations of the Averill family seated on the porch at the Averill Farm in 1887. From left to right: son, Samuel Johnson Averill (1819-1891), mother, Betsey (Johnson) Averill (1787-1891), grandson, Heman Otis Averill (1856-1923), holding great grandson, Ralph Johnson Averill (1884-1950).
Right: Betsey Averill’s 100th Birthday Celebration with the family on the porch of the Averill Homestead.

Averill Family. From the Collection of the Gunn Historical Museum. Gift of the Averill Family.
Averill Family. From the Collection of the Gunn Historical Museum. Gift of the Averill Family.

Pictured below:
Left: The original deed to the 260-acre property, dated 1746.
Right: Heman Otis Averill, Sr. (1856-1923) was a Judge of Probate, Representative of the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut, Paymaster General of the State of Connecticut, President of Washington Supply Co., among other prominent occupations.

The original deed for the property, 1746. Provided by the Averill family.
Heman Otis Averill, Sr. From the Collection of the Gunn Historical Museum. Gift of the Averill Family.

The 275th Anniversary Celebration

This year marks two hundred and seventy-five years since the Averill family settled on the land we know as Averill Farm. Join the Averill family for this 275th Anniversary Celebration on August 28th and August 29th! The celebration at Averill Farm will be a weekend filled with family fun, including yoga classes with Caroline Kinsolving, performances by Pilobolus, wood-fired pizza from Pizza to the People, activities for families, and more. Learn more about the 275th Anniversary Celebration

Yoga for Good at Averill Farm @carolinekinsolving
Averill Farm: @_emmaleung_

2021 Season

Pick-your-own season and the farm stand at Averill Farm opens on Saturday, August 14th this year. The farm stand includes the Averill family’s famous apple cider donuts, along with homemade jams and jellies, pies, flowers, maple syrup, honey, cheddar cheese, and more. The farm stays open seven days a week from 9:30am-5:30pm until Thanksgiving, and is open for cut-your-own trees for the holidays in December.

Averill Farm

Learn More

Visit Averill Farm this season at 250 Calhoun Street, Washington CT.
For more information, visit: www.averillfarm.com.