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Remembering Turkey Hill, the Newly Renovated Iconic Home of Martha Stewart

Iconic Turkey Hill, even if you don’t watch a lot of  television and haven’t ever read any of Martha Stewart’s books, you have probably heard of her wonderful, historic 1820 home in Westport, Connecticut. Actually, it’s Martha’s prior home since she sold it back in April of 2007 after having lived there for 30+ years.

While doing a little online research for this post, I came across an old article in a local paper and it stated, after Martha sold her Turkey Hill home, she said she was so depressed she had to go home and go to bed. I can identify with that feeling. We built our first home,  a modest yellow cottage with a screened in porch and when it was time for us to move, I barely held back my tears at the closing. I know the new owners must have wondered what the heck was wrong with me.

Why is it we get so attached to our homes? Is it all the blood, sweat and sometimes tears we put into making them the haven we envision or is it the sentimentality of all the memories we create while living there? Maybe it’s both or maybe some of us just don’t do well with change. (Raising my hand, here.)

When Martha first stumbled across Turkey Hill one weekend back in 1971, this is how it looked. She describes it on her website this way:

“There was no garage or barn, just a rickety picket fence and an unkempt yard. The house had been rented out to myriad families and had suffered obvious neglect. There was not much of a kitchen and no usable bathroom. The basement was damp, and there was no porch, terrace, garden, or driveway. But it had good bones, lovely windows, wide-plank floors, and seven fireplaces. To us, it was perfect: a do-it-yourself project resplendent with opportunity for a reasonable price, $46,750.” 

Imagine trying to find a home in Westport, Connecticut now for that price!

Turkey Hill Before Martha Stewart Owned It

 

Here are a few pictures of the home after Martha completed an extensive renovation and restoration.

Turkey Hill, Home of Martha Stewarts Home

 

I’ve always loved the entry. If I read correctly, I think Martha painted the original mural you see here on the walls.

Turkey Hill Entry, Martha Stewarts Home

 

Later she had Eric Beare create the grisaille mural shown below. I like the diamond pattern on the floor above but I do prefer the simpler look in the picture below. What about you?

Do you think that’s a grandfather clock under there? While the home was being renovated and while she lived there, Martha would go to local tag sales and garage sales every week. She always found the most amazing antiques, antiques that have since sold for many thousand more than what she paid. Oh, to have been antiquing back in those days! Look at those gorgeous chandeliers! They are like jewelry for the home.

Turkey Hill Entrance, Martha Stewarts Home

 

This is how Turkey Hill’s kitchen looked after Martha completed her initial renovation…definitely had an upscale “country” look, isn’t it? As you can see, Martha was a huge collector of high-end copper cookware. I don’t remember where, but I once read an article written by someone who knew Martha Stewart but hadn’t seen her in several years. In the article the author said she bumped into Martha in a store where they were both shopping. I have a terrible memory but I still remember the story because of having seen this picture below.

Anyway, the author said Martha was purchasing several copper pots that day, and these were really nice copper pots…very pricey. She said she was remarking how beautiful they were to Martha but just not in her budget. She and Martha continued chatting as Martha checked out and purchased her pots. Once Martha had finished checking out, she turned and handed the copper pot she (the author) had been admiring to her. She said she was shocked because it was such an expensive gift. I loved that story! Apparently, Martha was into doing random acts of kindness long before that phrase became popular.

Turkey Hill Kitchen, Martha Stewarts Home

 

In 1990, Martha updated her kitchen. I love that she kept the copper cookware. Not only is it beautiful but it’s functional too. I miss Martha’s old-fashioned country kitchen but I do like the brighter kitchen better. Anyone prefer the country kitchen?

Kitchen at Turkey Hill, Home of Martha Stewart

 

This was the dining area in the kitchen after her 1990’s renovation. She was ahead of her time using the aqua blues, wasn’t she?

Turkey Hill Kitchen Dining, Martha Stewarts Home

 

When Martha threw parties and needed additional dining space, she set up beautiful tables in the mud room.

Turkey Hill Mud Room Used for Dining, Martha Stewarts Home

 

Here’s how the mudroom looked when it wasn’t being used for dining. It’s very different from how we design mudrooms today, isn’t it? It looks/feels more like a day room or porch.

Turkey-Hill-mudroom

 

Here’s the parlor at Turkey Hill after Martha’s original renovation/restoration, sporting another amazing chandelier! I think I would have enjoyed antiquing with Martha back in the day. :)

turkey hill

 

Remember this famous picture? This was the cover of the original book, Entertaining that was said to “launch an empire.”  I wonder if this was shot in her dining room or mudroom?

Turkey Hill Dining Room Early Days, Martha Stewarts Home

 

Many years later in 1998, the scene was photographed once again when Entertaining was released in paperback. I love that they reshot her in the same room again. So, which table do you like best…the one on the original cover or the one on the later version?

Turkey Hill Dining Room Later Years, Martha Stewarts Home

 

When Martha sold Turkey Hill in 2007, the new owners Casey and Chuck Berg made extensive changes that are described in this article as “equal parts restoration, renovation and addition.”

Turkey Hill After Renovation, Martha Stewart

 

Here’s the back view of Turkey Hill when Martha lived there. You can also see the historic, later dubbed “party” barn, she purchased for her husband and had moved to the property during the time she lived there.

Turkey Hill Garden, Home and Party Barn

 

Here’s the back view of Turkey Hill today. You can definitely see additions have been made.

Turkey Hill Back Yard, Previous Home of Martha Stewart 2

 

Looking into the entrance at Turkey Hill today, the moldings and the arched doorways are amazing, aren’t they?

Turkey Hill Entry After Renovation, Home of Martha Stewart 7

 

The living room today….

Living Room at Turkey Hill After Renovation, Prior Home of Martha Stewart

 

A large family room was added to the home using reclaimed beams that are reminiscent of the home’s history.

Turkey Hill Library Room After Renovation, Home of Martha Stewart 1

 

They kept the the beautiful chandelier in the dining room.

Turkey Hill Dining Room After Renovation, Home of Martha Stewart

 

The newly renovated and expanded kitchen…

Turkey Hill Kitchen After Renovation, Martha Stewart's Home

 

Martha Stewart Turkey Hill Kitchen After Renovation

 

Lots of great storage!

Turkey Hill After Renovation, Home of Martha Stewart 3

 

Not sure if this is a new addition or maybe part of the original mudroom or sunroom.

Turkey Hill Sun Room After Renovation, Home of Martha Stewart 6

 

A Master suite was also added with a balcony overlooking the beautiful gardens.

Turkey Hill Bedroom After Renovation, Prior Home of Martha Stewart

 

Turkey Hill has definitely seen some changes over the years. Imagine if the original owner/builder saw it today!

Turkey Hill After Renovation, Martha Stewart

 

Photos of Turkey Hill’s renovation/update were taken by Keith Scott Morton/Connecticut Cottage & Gardens.

 

The older photos in this post, taken during the time Martha owned Turkey Hill, were found HERE.




Comments

  1. Hi Susan! Oh, I loved this post! Yes, Turkey Hill was a lovely spot. I remember when Martha had the TV show and it was all filmed there even with her fluffy dog. I’m amazed at all of her baskets as well as the copper pots. Now if I could only bump into her while she was looking at Jadeite! :) The new owners have really put their stamp on this place too. Hope you’re doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

    • lol I love you Shelia, you made me laugh out loud with that Jadeite comment! :) I love her Halloween specials, too…they crack me up because we get to see another side of her.

  2. I loved it when Martha filmed her show at this home , I learned so much from her. I just loved the intro music and getting tours of her home – so inspirational! She just lost me once she moved to a studio and became a talk show. Was never the same.

  3. I totally agree with Gerry. I loved Martha’s original show. I would tape it daily and watch just before bedtime every evening. The newer show was never quite as good. I did not enjoy the talk show aspect at all. Martha is an excellent teacher and I loved that about her original show. Plus, being able to see her garden in an actual garden was very valuable. Thanks for the great post, Susan.

    • Wish I had seen some of the original shows! They sound right up my alley!

    • RUTH ANN GAMMONS says:

      I to love the first shows that she did. She is a great teacher, I learned so much from her . Her show would still take the place of Food Network and HGTV too, she did it all. cooking, repairing, antiquing , painting and just general knowledge that I still use today. Thanks Martha for making me more of a do it yourself person.
      Ruth Ann Gammons

  4. This was when Martha was at her best in my opinion. I remember an episode where she was painting the front door with an oil enamel paint. And episodes of her going to the chicken coops for fresh eggs … the good ole days . Her sewing tutorials and her escapades to local tag sales … loved watching all the wonderful inspiration.

    • Oh, that sounds wonderful! I love hearing everyone describe those older shows. Wonder if they are on DVD or if there’s a way to see one. I should look on YouTube, just in case.

  5. Yowza!! This post really illustrates what can be done with a home with “good bones” and great imagination . What a transformation. Thank you for sharing the possibilities. Rosie

  6. Peggy Thal says:

    Such a fun post of time past. I loved the country kitchen at one time. Even had the huge pot rack loaded with polished copper pots.( what a chore to maintain) They are now in a cabinet needing a polish. Also, collected baskets. I had a huge collection of copper molds that hung all around the kitchen. The butcher store butcher block that is now in my garage. I think at one time Martha Stewart was our idol. Times have changed. I still have all her cookbooks. It was a wonderful time.

    • I never had any of the copper pots but I still have all my old copper molds. I just got them out the other day and gave ‘em a washing. Can’t make up mind what to do with them.

      • Peggy Thal says:

        I love them too but no hanging room in my home. I have so many. Hope you find a place for yours. When I collect I go kind of nuts. Love your blog today as always. Big fan of Turkey Hill and Martha Stewart. Always wondered what happened to her beautiful home. It is beautifully renovated.

  7. The Quintessential Magpie Blog says:

    Susan,

    Just in case you get your first poster and me confused since we are both sheladies who both love jadeite, she’s with a lia, and I’m with an eila! Plus, I signed in with my blog name ’cause that’s how I roll. ;-)

    I do love Martha. I think I could have singlehandedly kept her in business buying quilts and towels. And dishes. And books. Yes, I have that first copy you showed. I like both covers. Don’t make me choose, Susan! I can’t! I can’t!

    And Turkey Hill? Gorgeous! Bridgeport is, too. I think one of my yankee ancestors was one of the Arlyne settlers there. I’d have to get out he kennel papers and check.

    Some time ago, I bought a pillow from a seller on etsy. (My IPad just typed “seeker”, but that would be yours truly!) Anyhow, I loved the pillow’s graphics and thought it had a great design. Turns out the seller was an RISD graduate who had worked for Martha and is distantly related to Mr. Magpie. Small world!

    I am not surprised by Martha’s random act of kindness. Anyone who loves animals as much as she does and loves to entertain has a giving spirit.

    Oh, and before I forget, I loved the first incarnation of the foyer. That floor! And from what I could see, I loved the walls, too. But I really like the second set of paintings, too. What a neat house! I am happy to see once again what our patronage helped to buy, and I heartily approve! Now, if she is giving away souvenirs and if Shelia laid claim to the jadeite , I would be happy to take her feather edge dishes! Matter of fact, I believe I see my name on them! ;-)

    Thanks for this post, Susan. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    xo

    Sheila

    PS… I love how we all call her “Martha” as if she is our BFF. But in a sense, she has been a good friend because when she was at K-Mart, she made it possible for all of us to shop frugally for nice items. Our place in St. Augustine could be a Martha ad. I have several of her quilts and still love them. I wish she would make more. A girl can never have too many quilts or too much china!

    • Magpie (may I call you that?), what are feather edge dishes? And you’ve reminded me of all the MS items I have purchased at K-Mart long ago. Sitting here at my desk, I am by windows with her lace curtains. Inexpensive, durable, beautiful.

    • You are so cute Sheila! Don’t worry, I always look at folks e-mail addresses or blog names to help tell folks apart when they have similar names. I know what you mean about quality. Whenever I’m in Michaels or some place that carries her craft things, I always end up buying her brand because the quality is always so much better.
      Kennel papers…lol. You are a riot! That’s amazing about the Etsy seller! How cool!
      That is so true…about the giving spirit…good observation!
      Oooh, feather edge dishes. I need to look that up to see what those are. I noticed Barbara asked about those, too. I like the way you think about quilts and china! :)

  8. I really enjoyed this post, Susan. I always enjoyed The Martha Stewart Show that ended maybe a year or so ago. Wish she would come back with another one. Your tour of her Turkey Hill house was really nice to see. I prefer the new kitchen that she put in over the country kitchen but it was nice to see that one. I have to say I prefer your tablescapes better than either of Martha’s for her book covers. I think tablescaping is getting better & better!

  9. Such a fascinating post, Susan! Love or dislike Martha Stewart, she’s had amazing vision, style, artistry. She is also a great teacher – I learned so much from her old show. I loved that format – Martha at her best as others said. So enjoyable to see the evolution of Turkey Hill. I think we all loved Turkey Hill – I once had a book from the library all about it with the garden layouts, etc. Hmmm, I wonder what book that was. Heading to google now. . .

  10. I’ve always been a fan of Martha Stewart from the very beginning. I had her first book and subsequent others. I smiled when you said she was ahead of her time with the aqua blue because she probably started that trend. She’s a gutsy lady and shows us that nothing is impossible or that nothing can’t be overcome. Thanks for writing this. It was a great stroll down memory lane.

  11. What a wonderful post Susan. I loved Martha’s shows from Turkey Hill. I loved her garden. I love the episode where she said when she started she spent her whole budget on annuals only to have them die and have to start over. She was free with her tales of her mistakes and what not to do. Michael Ruhlman said he went on her show to promote his cookbook. He said he was so dreading it because she is such a hard woman. He said he had never been treated better anywhere in his life and he said her kitchen is the best run, best organized kitchen he had been in. I have made her coffee custard, and her Lemon, Parsley, Pesto, and Pasta recipes. They are better than anything you can get in a high-end restaurant. Thanks for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • I wonder if a late frost came and that’s what killed them. You know, if a man is tough in business, he’s admired. If a woman is tough in business, she’s called some not-so-nice words and considered “hard to work for.” Such a double standard sometimes. I personally wouldn’t want to have employees and run a business but I do admire women who can do it. Thanks for sharing that Madonna!

  12. Oh my heavens, what a fabulous post! I truly enjoyed each word and photograph! What a fabulous tour, thank you! I miss Martha in that old house!

  13. Hi Susan, I remember reading about the Turkey Hill renovation, years ago. Interesting to see how styles and approaches to decor change. Looking back, Martha’s original style was a bit cluttered (kitchen). Her style seems much more minimalist with cleaner, classic lines now. Sign of the times, I guess.

    Great post and fun to revisit the original Turkey Hill and see what it looks like today.

    Have a great week,

    Lisa

    • Thanks, Lisa! I’ve noticed that too…especially when I’ve seen pictures of her Cantitoe Corners home in Bedford. It’s funny how our taste/style changes over the years.

  14. Susan,
    It is so funny you did this blog post today… I was just looking at old pictures of Turkey Hill a few days ago…that house is so wonderful…. Martha has always been a source of warmth and comfort, and what is right. She researches everything so thoroughly, that you can be confident that you are getting the correct information.

  15. Angela Muller says:

    Fabulous post………so interesting……….great visuals….and the research and substance of the article was superb, professional, informational……I should stop now! Great…..great…..great!

  16. I loved Martha’s original show. I would tape it and get up early in the morning to watch while I exercised. I wish she’d do a show like that again.

  17. I almost like the home more before all the additions and renovations. It’s gone from a country farmhouse style to country mansion.

  18. I loved the original show as well! I learned so much. I still have my copy of Entertaining, and still look to it, the advise is not dated. She brought back charm and graciousness to entertaining.

    Julie

  19. Doreen Krajzel says:

    Hi Susan;
    What a great post!! My absolute, all time favorite is Martha! Gotta love that woman. I agree with the others, her tv show isn’t the same anymore and I seldom watch her. But she is the big guru in home care and entertaining! Have a great day. Love and Hugs, Doreeen

  20. Thanks Susan for the interesting post. I’ve always been a “Martha” fan and have loved watching her shows through the years. As for the kitchen – I really love the renovation that she did. The baskets were a little cluttered looking. Plus, they’re dust gatherers which I wouldn’t want hanging above all the food on the counter. Ick!

  21. I watched Martha back when I was a young bride. Her show was on PBS and it was filmed in her home. I fondly remember a Thanksgiving Special she did that took place in the barn! I was in awe of her huge dish pantry and all the different ways she could set a table. That Jersey Girl (grew up not too far from me) sure has come a loooooong way!

    gena

  22. I must have been heavily influenced by Martha back in the 80s because I had a similar kitchen with baskets hanging from wooden beams, knotty pine cabinets, a real butcher block island, and some copper pots! (Wish I still had those pots!) I have one of her early Entertaining cookbooks but not the one you showed. Too bad she had to take the heat for insider information which I’m sure every other male capitalist has indulged in at some point in his business career!

  23. Great read..I love Martha..miss her shows dearly..I liked her better on her own & when her mom was on..I like Turkey Hill better when she owned it..when I moved to the shore after graduating in 76′ I seen bedding in K-Mart with her name on it..thought who is that…then maybe 15 yrs later her first show came on Saturday mornings…I still have some recorded..I wish some network would at least have her on with her Christmas specials again..I loved her baking show that was on a few yrs ago too…last time I seen her she was talking about her…Grandchildren..she only had one when her show was cancelled…Thanks for the memories of Turkey Hill =^}

  24. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA says:

    How fun! Thank you, Susan, for the trip…loved it!!

  25. Susan, I, too fondly remember when she filmed her shows in this setting. I’ve been a fan since those early days, though I haven’t watched her show in recent years. I continue to follow her blog and read Living. I have her first book and still enjoy it.

  26. Thanks for the memories! I learned so much from watching her shows. But the house as it is now makes me sad. It looks so bland and boring! What’s wrong with a little color! and flowers! and plants!

  27. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    That’s the fanciest mud room I’ve ever seen! :D This was fun. I never did have any of Martha’s books or even watch her show regularly, but I do vaguely remember her Thanksgiving special and thinking she was awesome. As for her early kitchen, yikes! I probably would have loved it at the time, but all I see now is clutter and dust collectors. I get an uneasy feeling just looking at all those baskets and imagining the dust clinging to them and falling into the food below. :P Ick.

    I actually like the painted floor in the first picture, but I prefer the mural in the second. And I prefer the second table scape because of the softer colors. How fun to see the time progression in some ways (her hair and style) but how it stands still in others (the same room, table and chairs, etc.)

    It’s funny how some aspects of her style seem so austere, and almost severe, for instance, her living room seems so cold to me. But then her tablescape was colorful and inviting. And I do (also vaguely) remember her barn and thinking that was just about the COOLEST thing!! I thought, she must be so rich! Lol.

    The house is beautiful, now and then. Though the new folks seem to have picked up on some of her ‘austerity.’ :D Gee whiz, they practically rebuilt the house. It makes you wonder why they didn’t just buy a bigger house to begin with. Maybe it had something to do with being Martha’s. ;)

    Just think, it could have been “Susan” we are all talking about, instead of Martha. :)

  28. Who knew! Martha and I have “some” things in common…well, I do wish I had LOTS in common with her…selling “home” is absolutely….difficult. I feel just like…going to bed…do not want to face it upfront. Here I thought it was just me being silly. Well, you know what “they say” about time…but for now…I need some time to mourn. Just fantastic seeing all of those photos…I saw many of the original, too. franki

  29. I loved the original shows too. I do not understand people who say Martha says to do everything “her way.” I never felt that she thought we should be like soldiers. I always learned so many things from her! She inspired me to find my own groove. Even today on her PBS series, I believe we can take what we want and leave the other.

    I love Turkey Hill and wish I could see it in real life. Thank you for the tour. It brings back great memories.

  30. I miss the old Martha Stewart tv shows. I think both book covers are wonderful. I actually didn’t realize she had sold Turkey Hill. I would have loved her old kitchen back in the 70’s but now it looks heavy and cluttered. The newer kitchen she put in was great. It’s amazing how much of a change the new owners made to it. The details like the trim and wood floors are wonderful. I’m glad it didn’t get taken down and that the property didn’t get split up.

  31. bobbi duncan says:

    Hi, Susan,
    Thank you for another great post. Brings back memories of Martha’s original shows, which I agree were so much better and so “homey” feeling. I still have all my taped VCR’s and refer to them from time to time. She is really quite something. I once saw a show where she said she only sleeps about four hours a night–I’m quite certain I couldn’t function after a few nights like that! I’ve seen Martha around town several times as she built a huge home about five minutes from us when she started up with QVC in West Chester, PA. ( one of three she owns in the Northeast ). I tried to get pictures of it one day, but got shooed away by an employee. I did, however, find aerial views of it online. The house location is at 1271 Creek Rd., between Continental Line Lane and Meetinghouse Rd. ( BTW, the Marley and Me house is located on Meetinghouse Rd., at the corner of Creek Rd., just in case anyone is interested in checking that one out as well). Unfortunately, the aerials don’t show just how beautiful this area is with it’s bucolic rolling hills.
    I like the way the new owners made the additions on the Turkey Hill house look like they were always there, and I do like the front better now, but there is something that holds me to the original house, maybe because watching her show, which was filmed there, are part of my memories.
    I don’t know what makes our homes so special to us. Perhaps it’s a combination of the memories and the sweat and tears, but I do know that, like you, I form great attachments and have cried every time I’ve moved–I drag my feet leaving them, looking around several times, and then drive by them again and again wondering why we left in the first place. That seems to go on until I forge a bond with the new house. It’s a mystery, all right.

  32. OMG! I wonder what she sold it at!!! Been her iconic house – Turkey Hill; I’m sure that incresed it’s Price and value, as well. I loved her original shows too in that grand farm of hers, so cozy, beautiful and warm. Martha has always been my inspiration for the beautiful tablescpaes, home, DYS’s and cooking, thus, my blog’s title…FABBY’S LIVING, LOL!
    I still have her old magazines in Turkey Hill and yes, I wish her old shows would be on a rerun in some cable cannel, like I love Lucy… the kind of shows you never want to part with…..or her old shows could be purchased, even!
    Thank you sweet Susan for a trip down memory lane for us.
    Have a great week.
    FABBY

  33. Rochelle says:

    $46,750.00 in 1971 had the same buying power as $273,744.74 in 2014.

  34. bobbi duncan says:

    hi, again.
    In answer to Fabby’s question, the asking price started at 7M!!! I’m sure that was owing to the fact that it was Martha Stewart’s home and not just because it is historic. Don’t know what it sold for, but I do know it was on the market a long time, probably because of the high figure price.

  35. Donnamae says:

    I really enjoyed this post. Turkey Hill is quite the home! ;)

  36. Wowzers. First of all, I can’t even imagine breathing much less working in her first kitchen! It just looks so crowded, cluttered and busy to me. I need my open spaces, I guess. lol But wow….over the years, I love how the style morphed into a cleaner, airier, crisper look. I just adore it now….but I’ll have to just be happy dreaming about owning a grand home like that! lol

    xoxo laurie

  37. The only room since the new people bought the house that is somewhat as nice as what Martha would have had is the master bedroom with the buffalo check drapes behind the bed….the rest of the house has no personality…it’s too plain and lacking Martha’s wonderful style for the period of the house….

  38. Oh Susan, what a great post! I never knew all that information about Turkey Hill. Loved the before and after pictures of the home. Martha sure was a great role model for so many women.
    Thanks so much for sharing this – it was GREAT.
    Mary

  39. mary scott says:

    Love this post! Thanks for the memories. I always watched her first shows. Never watched the “talk” show with all the guests & audience. I prefer her again on PBS with the cooking lessons as they are like the 1st shows. I own a set of “Homemade Holidays” DVDs of her “lessons” on preparing for Thanksgiving & Christmas & Hanukkah. I never tire of watching them in the fall. She is a remarkable woman. Have enjoyed reading all these comments too.

  40. What a fantastic read! Love this post. Martha is an extraordinary woman, and definitely a game-changer. To answer your question, I prefer the first setting. Wonderful, wonderful post!

  41. I am late posting about Martha. First, I love her Turkey Hill home, all of the pictures, it is hard to choose a favorite! When we bought our house in 1996 the home owner had a MILLION baskets on the wood beam in the kitchen. I had always wondered where she got that idea to pack so many baskets together. :D Secondly, the new Turkey Hill owners need to add something to that living room, it looks like a doctor’s office waiting room BORING. Yes, I am hater, but not entirely, I LOVE what they did with the back of the house, wow, wow, wow.
    Thanks for the fun post! I read all the comments too, just great!
    Oh, I almost forgot, our friends in PA own a floor covering business, and he met Martha in NYC when Shaw carpets had a Martha Stewart line of carpet. She was there for the launch of her new line. He said she was very nice, personable and funny. She made a point to talk with everyone, and not just chit-chat. Made me like her even more.

  42. Nancy from northen California says:

    What a great post! Thank you for the walk through the past and present Turkey Hill. It was so very informative. I, too, would have loved to tag along with Martha as she shopped for antiques. I learned so much from her during my beginning years as a homemaker – cooking, decorating and gardening.

  43. Thanks for this wonderful post. Like many women who are older, Martha was a big direct influence on us as homemakers, entertainers, hostess, and chiefs. Her influence is still alive today because though she did not start women’s interst in all thing beautiful and home, she knew how to capitalize and build on it. Too bad she became the woman people loved to hate because she really made a difference for many of us.

  44. I loved this post Susan! I watched all her shows when they were filmed from Turkey Hill, it was such a beautiful home I would have had to lie down and cry when I sold it too! I never really got into the studio shows like I did the ones filmed at her home. She was a great teacher and I just ooh-ed and aah-ed over her home every show!

  45. Mochelle says:

    I was hooked on Martha way back when. That wonderful country kitchen with the large table full of huge bowls of produce and platters of delicious food. The entire kitchen overflowed with abundance and plenty.
    It was the working kitchen of a professional caterer who was amazingly talented in regards to food and gardening, for all the needed fresh ingredients. I am sorry to say that the new one looks like it could be any ones kitchen, any where, in a thousand designer magazines. There was a wonderful show on TV once of her preparing Thanksgiving dinner, that she was hosting in the barn, with three turkeys prepared different ways, I sure miss all that.

  46. Pat Cobb says:

    I really enjoyed this post. Martha has been a blessing and I enjoyed her shows. Thank you for sharing.

  47. I have Martha’ s Entertainung books and always loved her home at Turkey Hill. I do believe one should
    Decorate an historic house to its period. I will have to say, I preferred the way it was decorated in
    It’s “before” state.
    Ann

  48. Thank you so much, for taking me back to Turkey Hill…..

    I am one of the (older -smile-) lucky ones, who enjoyed these programs.

    Tessa~

    • I never got to see those, I think I was working away from my home back then. I’m going to look on You Tube and see if I can some of those old shows. Thanks Tessa!

  49. Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos of Turkey Hill. I loved Martha’s old tv show that showcased her home and gardens, I miss it.
    Karee

  50. wallis says:

    did they keep Martha’s stenciled floors?

  51. I LOVE that house and loved so much the show she filmed there. I miss that very much. Thanks for sharing such a marvelous house!!

    • I know! I would love to see her filming from her home on a regular basis again…those are always the best. Anita, I found a site at YouTube where there are a bunch of her old videos to watch. So when I need my Martha fix, I can go there. There are so absolutely wonderful shows there from waaaaaay back when. Here’s the link if you would love to see them: https://www.youtube.com/user/icedtape0/videos I’m soooo glad that he posts them on YouTube for all the fans to watch. Hopefully that link will work.

  52. I remember watching Martha when her first tv program was a fifteen minute segment on early Sunday mornings. I would grab a a cup of coffee and trot back to bed and watch. Her early kitchen looked liked a country store in New England all staged for her shows. As she matured she kept expanding her knowlege and fortune by selling to women the joy homemaking again. She made jadeite a popular collectible and was a first in reintroducing the stenciled floors in the late 70’s and 80’s. She was also one of the first to popularize a painting palette for indoor as well as house paint. Now everyone has to have fancy breed chickens thanks to Martha.

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