This joyous 296 acre Estate Farm is a regal admixture of 17 prime soil agricultural fields and ample mature woods of mostly oak, maple and other hardwoods and a two acre beaver pond. It is bisected by a tributary stream and an over a half mile snaking course of the trout-laden Taconic Creek.
It was carved from the original 162,000 acre Royal Grant from King James II (1685) to Robert Livingston the Elder, first lord of the manor, by scions of the same Livingston family Anson, Carroll and Mary in the mid-nineteenth century by conveyance to John McNeil. He established a gentleman farm on 650 acres while serving as Taghkanic Town Clerk (1865) and Town Supervisor (1866 & 1867). In 1865 he erected a 5 b.r. Main House in the Greek Revival style with Romanesque embellishments as well as commodious barns. His family retained ownership until 1901.
The entire farm is laced with farm roads and field delineating stone walls. From upper fields stupendous views obtain of the entire Taconic Range including the dark prominence of Mount Everett (elev. 2608') and Catamount, the Catskill Mountains to the west, interior terraced and interconnecting fields as well as large adjoining estates including the 600 acre assemblage to the west. And still more land is available.
Mountain Prospect Farm is handy to Hudson, Great Barrington, Copake Lake, Taghkanic Lake, skiing, golfing, Taconic State Park, Bash Bish Falls, the Taconic State Parkway and the train.