The History Of Wyndridge Farm®.
Some questions naturally emerge: What is the farm’s back story, and where did it get its name The short answer is, for decades it was in the Hoover family, well-known for its three generations of physicians.
In an email, Dr. Ben Hoover tells this story about his family and Wyndridge: “In 1957-58 my parents, Dr Philip and Elizabeth (Betty) Hoover built the large house at 955 S. Pleasant Ave. several houses beyond the curve on the left (with the two large brick chimneys) on 4+ acres (subsequent owners divided the property and a house was built on either side). They moved in in mid February 1958 and several days later there was a huge snow storm. The wind actually blew significant snow up through the ventilation strips under the eaves into the attic — enough to shovel and remove in buckets. My mother gave the house the name Wyndridge.
“In 1962 my parents bought the 76 acre farm on the curve from William (Bill) Raab. In 1972 it was incorporated as Wyndridge Farm. It was always farmed by local farmers, and for some years steer were fed in the barn over the winter. Hay was stored in the barn and a large corn crib was located about where the hostess’ desk is today. My sisters also kept their horses there. Over the years the corporation stock was passed to the six children.
“When my Dad died in 1998 (Mother had predeceased him), I was the only sibling still in York. The house was sold and we were thinking of selling the farm.”
Ben wrote that Realtor Sandy Menchey, wife of one of the partners in his medical practice, learned that Dr. Steve Groff and his wife Julie, daughter of a Hoover classmate in Dallastown schools, were looking for a farm.
Ben wrote: “Having grown up on a farm in Lancaster County, Steve wanted his children to have the same experience. We met and quickly came to an agreement, an easy decision since he wanted to keep it as a farm and as a corporation.”
“Our family is delighted with what the Groffs have done with Wyndridge Farm.”
Philip A. Hoover summed up his family’s love for Wyndridge in his 1994 book: “Echoes of the Health Century, A Physician’s Memoir”:
“Over the past 36 years, this land has added considerable serenity to my life. At the end of a busy day of medical practice, it allowed me to drive down a country lane in the early twilight, free of care and mindful that I was spending a lifetime among good people and the green hills of York County, Pennsylvania.”
Thank you to York Daily Record for “How did Wyndridge Farm get its name?”