Address: 306 New York 304, Congers NY 10920 / (845) 268-7020
About Us / Dr Davies Farm History: The Davies Farmhouse was built in 1836. It was part of a 450-acre farm that ran from Rockland Lake to the Hudson River.1886: Dr. Lucy Virginia Meriwether graduated from New York’s Woman’s Medical College. She was one of the first female doctors in the U.S. Dr. Lucy Meriwether was related to Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition team. Lide Meriwether, Lucy's mother, was a well-known southern suffragist who was a friend of Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, and was instrumental in the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. The Meriwethers lived next door to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy in Memphis, Tenn.1891: Arthur B. Davies and Dr. Lucy Meriwether married and purchased what is now the Davies home farm for $6,500.00. It consisted of 38 acres, a two-story farmhouse and a barn. The farmhouse was built in 1836 and is of the early frontier federalist style. It has many similarities to President Monroe’s, Ash Lawn home in Charlottesville, Virginia. Arthur B. Davies was a well-known artist and a member of the famous "Eight." He was president of the American Artists and Sculptors that orchestrated the Armory Show of 1913, which introduced impressionists Picasso, Rodin, Degas, Matisse and Marcel Duchamp to America. The Nude Descending a Staircase was first shown here. In 1998, the book The Lives, Loves and Art of Arthur B. Davies was written by Bennard B. Perlman.Dr. Lucy Virginia Davies, also known as "Dockie," in addition to having a full time medical practice (delivering over 6,000 babies in Congers, Valley Cottage and Rockland Lake) also became an acclaimed farmer, shipping strawberries to New York City. Niles Jr. returned home from Cornell in 1952 to run the farm. At this time there are over 500 farms in Rockland County. .Erica Riepe, Niles' mother was from Davenport, Iowa and her forebears brought the Montessori School Concept to the United States. Erica and Niles Sr. were dairy farmers until they suffered financial loses during the great depression. Niles Sr. started growing apples and vegetables on the Nelson Farm, which is now the Route 304 farm. This farm was given to Niles Sr. by his parents. Niles Sr. and Erica became well known county wide for their fresh vegetables, especially sweet corn. Erica would deliver fresh vegetables to AT&T in New York City. Famous restaurateur Dinty Moore would often come to the farm for fresh vegetables. .Niles Jr. married Janet Mandell in 1962. They have three children, Niles Meriwether Davies III, Lee Alan Davies and Chris Davies Nevin, who are professionals in our community. Today we farm about 70 acres. We have 4,000 apple trees, 35 acres of vegetables and 2 farm stands. We press cider several times a week, and offer hayrides during the apple-picking season.