The History of The Brill
The Brill mansion was built in 1870 by John J. Brill Jr. after inheriting the farmland from his father. John J. Brill Jr. married Frances King in 1860 and together they went on to build the brick mansion and live there with their 3 children. The King family was well known to the region, as they were one of the first settlers in Greenfield, NY.
The Brill family operated the land as a dairy farm and agricultural business until 1886, when the Denton family purchased it. They built on the dairy farm history and transformed the farm into the Mountainside Dairy. In 1900, the property was sold to the Waller family who ran the dairy farm for 46 years. The Pepper family then took ownership and created the Pepper Turkey Farm. The Turkey Farm became a staple in Saratoga County until 1973.
A few other families and businesses rotated through until the mansion became vacant and fell into disrepair. In 2020, Michael Blaauboer, originally from the region, purchased the property and set his heights high to restore this historical landmark to it's former glory.
The renovation of this 33 acre property has been no small feat! Rebuilding this mansion, while maintaining its character and history has been a balance with great reward. The combination of original features with updated conveniences provides a look back into history, while being able to enjoy the pleasure of present day life.
The renovations included the main house, as well as all of the exterior facilities on the property. Between the businesses that resided here, to the families who have called The Brill home, treasures from the past were found, relocated or reused in order to present this most spectacular final result.
Take a stroll through the Saratogian history, while celebrating this unique Adirondack town in present day!