Nestled in the White Hills of Shelton, CT is a 400-acre working farm that has been a part of the local community for seven generations. Philip James Jones purchased the land in 1848. His motto, “Be good to the land and the land will be good to you,” would inspire the future generations of Jones family farmers.
Philip started by selling beef, lamb, eggs and apples to city folks from a horse-drawn cart. His son, William, went on to establish a dairy farm on the property. Together they built the dairy barn, the family homestead, the carriage house, and an ice house in the late 1800’s, as well as the iconic stone walls that traverse the farm. Philip passed away in 2015, but he left a legacy for the farm and the family to continue for generations.
The farm has shifted a lot over the years. The dairy farm is no longer operational but the Jones family grows a variety of crops grown in the fields, including strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Among other activities, the farm is open to pick your own crops in the berry fields or on pumpkinseed hill, or to cut your own Christmas tree from long rows of exquisitely shaped evergreens. Jones Winery is the newest addition to the farm. You can visit their Tasting Room right at the farm or find their wine in shops across Connecticut.
Sixth generation farmer Jamison (Jamie) Jones greeted us when we arrived for our stone gathering visit. He showed us around the sprawling fields to the various rock piles they’ve created over the years. We drove our trailer right out to the piles and set to gathering.
We were really taken aback by the unique characteristics of the fieldstones we discovered at Jones Family Farms. The majority of the rocks were absolutely filled with sparkling micah, while still being hard enough to hold up to our stonecrafting processes. The result is some breathtaking finished goods, take a look below to see Jones Family Farm stones we currently have available in our shop.
Jones Family Farms
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road
Shelton, CT 06484