Yama Farms Inn: A Home in the Mountains


From the back porch of their home, the Hut, Sarre and Seaman had a view southeastward across Yama-no-uchi and the Rondout Valley, towards the Shawangunk Ridge. This residence, while not as overtly Japanese as the other Yama-no-uchi structures, reflected Japanese ideas of simplicity. The influence of the American Arts and Crafts movement could be seen in its log walls, gently sloping rooflines, and massive cobblestone chimneys. Adjoining it was a two-story masonry residence known as the Chalet. Seaman and Sarre entertained many guests at the Hut. Some were Seaman’s wealthy advertising clients, such as his old friend George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak. Others were simply interesting people he and Sarre had collected along the way, such as fellow Ulster County resident, John Burroughs. “I like the house and their way of life,” Burroughs wrote to a friend, “I fancy I shall go there a good deal.” Although the conversation must have been lively, the ever-expanding circle of Seaman and Sarre’s friends would have made for crowded living conditions. 

View of the Hut. The naturalistic piling up of stone at the chimney’s base is characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement, with its emphasis upon organic forms.

The Hut with the Chalet portion at right.

The Shawangunk Ridge can be seen in the background.

Frank Seaman, seated at left and John Burroughs at the Hut. Behind them is the fireplace with its famous inscriptions (see Welcome Page).

Kimona-clad visitor picking flowers behind the Chalet

portion of the Hut.

View of the Hut in 2006, prior to the loss of its roof

View of the Hut and adjoining Chalet at the time of their construction.

The Hut’s back porch.

Back porch detail.