Welcome to Pine Island Farmthe home of historicalMayham Pond located along the old rail bed of the Delaware and Eastern Railroad and the once South Gilboa train station in Gilboa, New York.
For many years the South Gilboa train station was a popular stop along the Railway, especially in the winter months where ice harvesting from the pond was a fruitful business and well appreciated by the local dairy farmers who needed to keep their products cold on their way for sale in New York City.
Benjamin Mayham and the beginnning of Mayham Pond
Originally established as a Farm in 1782 by Abraham Monfort, it was later sold to William Mayham in 1824. 2 years later he moved his family here from Jefferson, NY.
Born in a one room log home, his son Benjamin Stephan Mayham would inherit the farm in 1848 and establish his mark by building “Mayham Pond” a 38 acre lake out of the Bear Kill and the 8 acre peninsula that extends in to it known as “Pine Island”. He was known as a prosperous and important area farmer, employing many farmhands. There was a creamery, sawmill, and gristmill at the dam located on the South end of the pond. He was known to always be the first in the area to own new inventions such as the kerosene lamp, mowing machine, hay tedder, etc.
He launched the first sailing vessel on the pond in 1902.
While the property has remained a farm throughout the years, in 2005 it was converted into 38 lots and Pine Island Farm Property Owners Association was born. The owners not only share in the area’s rich history but enjoy the splendor of nature in Pine Island and its 40 foot pine trees, with areas to fish, camp and picnic as well as the beauty of Mayham Pond that surrounds it.
The Old South Gilboa train station no longer exists but the old rail bed that runs along the Pond still remains allowing access to the now 26 mile Catskill Scenic Trail (http://catskillscenictrail.org/) where you can walk, run, hike, bike, cross country ski or horseback ride and view the beautiful rolling mountain vistas, and local farms that span from Roxbury to Bloomville.
Satellite image of Pine Island Farm and Mayham Pond
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