Heart's Delight Farm was developed on William Henry Miner's family homestead of 144 acres in Chazy, New York, beginning in 1903. By 1918, the farm had grown to 12,000 acres - 4,000 acres of tillable land, 2,000 acres of pasture and 6,000 acres of woodland. Within the cropland, 450 acres were devoted to growing corn and 600 acres to small grains (by dawson
). There was a wide variety of animals on the farm including beef
cattle, mules, draft horses, purebred horses
, pheasants and brook trout. The farm employed 800 workers at that time and had its own dairy
, box factory, ice house
and grist mill
. There was a 20-bedroom guesthouse and an entertainment center named Harmony Hall,
which included an auditorium, complete with a stage that could accommodate 300 persons.
Development of this lovely gentleman's farm was made possible by the fortune Mr. Miner earned from his mechanical inventions for rail transportation. The farm continued to thrive during Mr. Miner's lifetime as he divided his time between the farm and his company, Miner, Inc., based in Chicago.
Mr. Miner's will provided for the establishment of a school and farm devoted to teaching scientific and environmentally sound agricultural practices to the farmers and youth of northern New York.