RENOVATION COMPLETE SUMMER 2019
HISTORY OF MESHEWA HOUSE
As one of the original mansions first developed as part of the emerging equestrian community of The Village of Indian Hill, the Meshewa manor house was constructed for Mary Stephenson, and completed in 1935. The Meshewa house, centered on what grew to be approximately 213 acres, was a grand estate which was almost entirely self-sustaining during the war years and middle part of the 20th century. It remained the home of Mrs. Stephenson, who later became Mary LeBlond, until her death in 2002. Following her death, the estate was acquired by her granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth “Bonnie” Mitsui, who later incorporated it into her neighboring organic farm, Turner Farm.
Now, six years after the passing of Bonnie, the Meshewa House at Turner Farm, having undergone a complete renovation, will be open and made available for meetings, events, gatherings and celebrations for the local community.
HISTORY OF TURNER FARM
Turner Farm is one of three working farms remaining within the Village of Indian Hill. It has been in operation since the early 1800’s. In 1994, under the stewardship of Bonnie Mitsui, it became a farm devoted to growing organically. The farm is home to a variety of plants and animals, both domestic and wild. There are open pastures for the sheep and chickens interspersed with gardens and fields. Hedgerows and meadow mix with wooded areas and wetland runoff feeds the pond. These inherently beautiful settings create a unique “sense of place”. Whether working in the gardens or enjoying a potluck gathering, time spent on Turner Farm is a gratifying experience. As Bonnie Mitsui’s legacy, Turner Farm will remain a working organic farm and education center nestled in the Village of Indian Hill.