Thomas Elliott came to America from Scotland in 1817 and settled in what is now the New Kingston valley. He purchased tracts of land in the area that was soon to be part of the famed anti-rent wars. His son William was the next generation to improve the land. He had three sons, and is buried nearby in the Bovina Cemetery. William’s youngest son John was the next generation to carry on the farm, as elder sons James and Thomas died in the civil war. John’s son, James T., took over the farm next, followed by his son James W. The farm is now operated by James W. Jr., and his children are the 7th generation on the farm.
The land was all cleared and stone walls were built by members of the Elliott family. The barns and house were all built by hand, with hand hewed beams and stone foundations. The farm has remained in the family for 200 years. In 2012 the farm received the Century Farm Award, recognizing farms that have remained in the same family for over 100 years.
The farm currently consists of an all Jersey dairy, beef, veal, chickens, turkeys and various other enterprises. Farm market sales and events are managed by Crystal Brook
Farms LLC, and the entire operation is run by Jim, Andrea, Brian and Brittany Elliott.
James and Andrea Elliott
Crystal Brook Farms
1892 New Kingston Road
New Kingston, NY 12459