About the Owners and Family Tree:
It all started when...
Kevin and Mary met while working at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing on Lake George in 1986.
The owners Kevin Dott and Mary Maranville welcome you to DeMaranville Farm and Gardens. This historic farm was built in 1853. Many people know the property as a beloved landmark.
The antique farmhouse, big red barn, carriage house and corncrib have been restored to their original beauty. Kevin and Mary felt this 19th century farm was too beautiful not to share and hope you enjoy the property as much as they do.
Kevin grew up in Colonie, NY where his father and grandfather were business owners of various trades; restaurant, hotel and an auto repair shop. Kevin grew to love the hospitality business as a child and began working at the Sagamore Resort during the opening years and fell in love with the Adirondack lifestyle. His passion for the hospitality business allowed him to travel and work at the Greenbrier, Woodstock Inn, Hawk’s Cay, and Big Cedar Lodge. Kevin was Sommelier at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. He holds 2 certificates; Introductory Level Master Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine for the Society of Wine Educators.
Mary was raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York. She is an 11th generation American and is related to Louis de Maranville who arrived in Cape Cod from Maranville, France in 1699. Louis de Maranville married Susana Crapeau. Susana’s mother, Penelope White was a direct descendant of Resolved White, “The Child of the Mayflower”. Thus, Louis de Maranville and Mary are descendants of the historic Mayflower.
Mary is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit foundation Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture, which teaches children about the farm origins of their food and connects them to the farmland in their own backyard. She is the founder of Ventura County Farm Day. Both are dedicated in memory of her father and farmer, Marvin Maranville.
DeMaranville Family Heritage:
Legend says Louis de Maranville was born in Paris, France. In 1699, at age 19, one morning while walking in the garden, he saw his new stepmother punishing his little sister and becoming enraged pulled out his sword and with it's tip knocked her bonnet hat off her head. To escape a harsher punishment he escaped on board a warship bound for America of which Francis Crapeau was Captain. This vessel wrecked off the shore of Cape Cod. Only four men and a boy, the captain’s young brother, Peter Crapeau, who was 12 years of age, were saved in a boat said to have landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Descendants of the five families repeated a rhyme of the men’s names that survived: Louis de Maranville, Louis Voteau, old Peter Juckett and Francis Crapeau.
Peter Crapeau purchased land in Rochester, Massachusetts as early as 1703 and was married to Penelope White in 1704. At the time of this marriage Louis de Maranville is said to make a vow that he would not marry until he could marry a daughter of Peter Crapeau, which he did in 1730. Louis de Maranville married Susana Crapeau. Susana’s mother, Penelope White was a direct descendant of Resolved White,“The Child of the Mayflower”. Thus, all descendants of Louis de Maranville have a Mayflower descent.
It is said that while waiting for his future wife to grow up Louis cleared up an exceedingly nice farm for those days and built thereon a wall so wide that a yoke of oxen could be driven on top thereof, a portion of this wall is shown today on the old homestead near Braley's Station, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It is also said that Louis named his first child Chaumont after the Duke of Chaumont from the Village of Chaumont, a town neighboring Maranville, France.