Yama Farms Inn: A Home in the Mountains


Ordering Information for Yama Farms Book

YAMA FARMS: A MOST UNUSUAL CATSKILLS RESORT By Harold Harris, Wendy E. Harris, and Dianne Wiebe

Published in 2006 by the Cragsmoor Historical Society, P.O. Box 354, Cragsmoor, N.Y. 12420

All proceeds from the book’s sale go to the Society to be used in the restoration of its home in the former Cragsmoor Federated Church.

During the early decades of the twentieth century some of the most creative and powerful men and women of the era gathered at a small hotel in the Catskill foothills. The hotel was Yama Farms Inn, and it flourished briefly on the outskirts of Napanoch, N.Y. Acclaimed for its Japanese-inspired architecture and its luminous guest list, Yama Farms was known throughout the world. When the Inn opened for business in 1913, writers, scientists, entertainers, industrialists - even nobility - flocked to its doors. In its day, there was nothing like Yama Farms and there has been nothing like it since. Combining rare historic photographs and original research, the authors tell the story of the Inn, its famous guests and its visionary founders, Frank Seaman and Olive Sarre. This beautifully designed, amply illustrated and eminently readable book chronicles one of the most fascinating episodes in the region’s history. If you enjoy history and you like a good story, you will want to own this book.

“touching, intelligent, well-illustrated and altogether charming.”

Vernon Benjamin

The Hudson River Valley Review

“The thoroughly researched and highly readable text is accompanied by a rich array of vintage photographs in a handsome volume deserving of a wide readership.”

William B. Rhoads

Professor Emeritus of Art History

SUNY New Paltz

$19.95 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling

To order YAMA FARMS: A MOST UNUSUAL CATSKILLS RESORT, please send a check payable to Cragsmoor Historical Society to:

Cragsmoor Historical Society

P.O. Box 354

Cragsmoor, N.Y., 12420.

Please remember to include your shipping address as well as your phone number and email address.

For more information contact Wendy Harris at:


(914) 388-2195.