Welcome to Three Maples Farm. This farm is owned by Bob & Marghi Bean. We have lived here since 1975. The farm has been here since the early 1700’s. We see our role as one of a long list of people who have been stewards of this property. Over the years we have used this property in many ways. But first among its uses, it has been our family home. We have raised our family here, and it has given us many wonderful and memorable years.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s we raised goats. Since we bred them, we needed a farm name to register their pedigrees. We chose Three Maples Farm because of the three large field form maple trees in our back yard. These trees are believed to be over 150 years old. They would have been planted in the 1850’s by the Bartlett family who lived here.
In the 1980’s Bob ran an engineering consulting business in our house. He named it Beacon Technology. It was our first venture into a small business but it would not be our last.
In 1996, Marghi started Three Maples Arts and Nature Camp. Over 16 summers we saw hundreds of youngsters enjoy being here, sharing nature walks on the property, art lessons and crafts sessions in our barn. Outings were to local museums, beaches and other fun filled spots. It was very fulfilling for Marghi, and the kids learned new things while they had fun.
In 2003, we built the post and beam barn. Marghi promptly moved her camp into the second floor, and settled in. In 2005, we were approached by Shannon McCracken-Barber about having a Rennaissance Faire on our property. Over the years, the NH Renaissance Faire has grown into a 2 weekend affair that has donated thousands of dollars to charities. For those weekends, our property turns into a Renaissance village, complete with knights and jousting.
In 2008 Bob retired, and we rebuilt the central chimney in our house. Don’t ask Bob about the chimney unless you want to spend 30 minutes listening to him explain its history, design and construction. Marghi also began Three Maples Antiques and opened a booth at Three Sisters Antique shop on Church Street here in Kingston. About this same time, we started to rent out stall space in the lower floor of the barn. We enjoy seeing the horses and other animals using our barn and fields. That has been a part of this farm for almost 300 years.
In 2009, Bob began an internet sales business, Three Maples Trading Company. It was started to create a small business with cash flow potential, selling reproduction Colonial era hand made hardware. It continues to slowly grow each year.