Tilly Foster Farm Should be Saved

My name is Ned Moran and I am a retired New York City Firefighter and Director of Avalon Archives, a musical museum located at Tilly Foster Farm Museum.

I have been in and around Putnam County since 1947 and have owned a home in Kent Cliffs for over forty (40) years.

Some years ago, I donated eight historical church windows to the Putnam Historical Society and to George Whipple’s Preserve Putnam Foundation.  When George came to my home to pick up the windows, he became aware of my valuable collection.  He had been to a few of my exhibits when I had a small gallery in Kent cliffs in the mid 1990’s.

In mid 2009, George invited me to bring my extensive collection to Tilly Foster Farm Museum to create an attraction for historical tourism in eastern Putnam County.  Because I was a member of the community and loved Putnam County as much as anyone, I was happy to bring Avalon Archives to the Farm, I knew it would draw tourists.

Since coming to the Farm four years ago, thousands of Putnam residents and tourists have been to the museum.  Especially popular is out section on musicians connected to Putnam County (we have a film clip of Bob Dylan and banjo legend Earl Scruggs playing music together in a house in Kent Cliffs). 80% of the visitors are from outside Putnam County and 99% of them leave with a smile.

The Museum has received Certificates of Recognition from the Putnam County Historian’s Office, Mental Health Services of Putnam County, New York State Senate and a Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community from the United States Congress.

In addition, we have received letters of appreciation from George Fischer Middle School, Putnam Valley High School, Carmel High School Art Students, the Rye Art Center located in Westchester County, Putnam Arts Council and Kent Historical Society, among others.

The Museum is staffed by volunteers who have contributed more than three thousand (3,000) hours to the Farm open every weekend for the past four years at no cost to the County while bringing in tourist dollars and providing a free and a one-of-a-kind attraction for Putnam residents. Tourism generates revenue while protecting Putnam from overdevelopment; our open spaces are Putnam’s greatest asset.

George Whipple has supported Putnam County in spirit and deeds all of his life.  Meredith Whipple, the Executive Director, the farm hands, the folks at the tractor and antique machinery museum, and Avalon Archives all support each other and work collectively for the betterment of The Farm and Putnam County.  George’s mother spent a month renovating and beautifying the guest cottage.

I would ask Tony DeNoia, who lives on The Farm, and has worked for the Benedict Family and Putnam

County about his impression of what Mr. Whipple has done for Tilly Foster Farm Museum instead of Ann Fanizzi, who lost her bid to run The Farm and later lost her frivolous lawsuit against Mr. Whipple in an effort to discredit his name.

I would to invite you all to visit the museum, in small groups please, and welcome the opportunity to show you around and answer any questions you may have regarding Avalon Archives and Tilly Foster Farm Museum.




Ned Moran, Director.

John D December 03, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Earl Scruggs is the man! I've not visited the farm, but will have to stop in and see this music museum. Looking at the Tilly Foster website I don't even see the music museum mentioned or much else, which is a shame. The place is still sort of a mystery to me. What other activities are there aside from the farm machinery and animals? Anything low impact? Can I bring some friends over and play ultimate frisbee? Or how about mountain biking with my son in those fields or paths through the woods? The bike path is very nice, but I could really make use of those fields if allowed.
Ann Fanizzi December 03, 2013 at 11:37 AM
The history that truly saved Tilly Foster is the authentic the history of the family, the workers, the people who worked to make Tilly Foster the icon that it should be and has been stolen by George Whipple, Meredith Whipple and his accomplices, Ned Moran and Jeff Hyatt who have usurped for five years the Benedict Homestead and the cow Barn without lease or payment. That history began in 1901 when the Bloomers purchased the land; it continued in 1943 when the Benedicts built the structures that you see today. How do I know this history? I campaigned to save Tilly Foster from the developers; and then invested over $200,000 in the Farm between 2008 and 2011. The usurpers must be removed and Tilly Foster returned to its rightful owners, the people of Putnam County.
Laurie December 03, 2013 at 09:36 PM
John D - Avalon Archives is open from noon to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. There is a link on the home page which takes you some pictures of the museum. It is on the right hand side , about half-way down. Here is the link: https://myspace.com/avalonarchives The fields are reserved for the animals, but hiking and cross country skiing are allowed. There is a crafts fair next Saturday, December 7 - come support Tilly Foster Farm. We also have a country store open too.
Ann Fanizzi December 04, 2013 at 10:26 AM
After five years, Mr. Garvey you have to give directions to the people for the R&R collections? Why don't you tell them that the R&R is closed for at least four months of the year. The horses are gone since August - loss to the Farm approximately $72,000 and the horse Sophie jointly owned by George and myself - I paid $1,500 - God knows what is happening to her. And who owns the cows - there are about 16 of them on the other field and the sheep, turkeys.
Laurie December 05, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Ann, I gave directions to locate the museum on the website, not the physical location of the museum. The museum is not closed for four months of the year, it is open every weekend from noon to 4 pm.
Maria Taliercio December 10, 2013 at 06:12 AM
oh no! what happened to my friend Rasta, the horse?
Ann Fanizzi December 11, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Maria - all the horses are gone - thanks to the Whipples and the true history of the Farm erased thanks to them and Ned Moran substituting a fraudulent history that violates both Whipples 501(c)(3) to encourage the history of the Farm as an integral part of the history of Southeast and Putnam County. I am fighting to reclaim this history.
Chris Barbara January 17, 2014 at 05:31 AM
We need to take matters into our own hands. The community. We shouldn't depend on the town organizing or meetings? They have too much on their plate. And on the flip side of things, we cannot move forward with anything unless it is approved by the Board. Anyone else interested?


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