Patterson Farm is a 243-acre township-owned property located at I-95 and Mirror Lake Road – a key entrance to the township from the interstate. It is one of the most photographed sites of Lower Makefield.
The Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors voted in October 2016 to grant an agricultural conservation easement to the county on roughly 106.5 acres of the farm.
Initially, Lower Makefield Township paid $7.2 million in 1998 to purchase the land as open space from Tom and Alice Patterson. A year later a farmland preservation easement was granted on 71 acres of the site.
With the latest easement now in place, the total amount of Patterson Farm property that is deeded to the county total about 177 acres.
Currently Sam Stewart of Charlann Farms tills the land under a lease with the township.
Other areas of Patterson Farm include the 5.6-acre Satterthwaite House property and adjoining barn, as well as land dedicated to mulching leaves that are collected by the township.
Patterson Farm also includes the historic Janney-Brown House and surrounding barns and property. This is the site for the non-profit Artists of Yardley (AOY), an art center that has over 100 artists in a full spectrum of disciplines, and offers art classes, camps, exhibits and shows.