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2017 Trihoofalon

Gerry Thorpe

Bayhorse Gazebos & Barns has offered a stunning line of quality, Amish-made sheds, gazebos, horse barns, garages and other outdoor buildings and furniture since 1989. We sell direct from our 5-acre location in Red Hook, NY, convenient to Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, Putnam, and Westchester counties in New York and the Hudson Valley.  We're a fairly short drive from Western parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts and we're worth the trip.

Hi, my name is Gerry Thorpe.  I am a born and raised product of Dutchess County, New York.  I was raised in a large Irish Catholic family.  We had a lot of mouths to feed and money was tight.  Out of necessity my siblings and I became quite proficient at repairing and building things.  I grew up primarily in the town of Hyde Park, N.Y, the birthplace of Franklin D.  Roosevelt.  I have been active in the community since my early years as a Scout and Little Leaguer.  I attended F.D. Roosevelt High school and Dutchess Community College.  After finishing school I had to decide which career path to choose; become a math teacher and continue my education or use my tradesman-like abilities and pursue some type of career in rehabilitating buildings and artifacts similar to those that I had been repairing my whole life.  Only now maybe I could actually get paid for it. 

In 1977, my family established and operated a wood restoration company known as TNT Furniture Strippers, which operated in Hyde Park for 35 years.  We specialized in furniture restoration and also became very well known for our skills of onsite rehabilitation of local historic sites and beautiful homes representative of an era of a wealthy population that settled in our area.  Not only did we restore the homes of the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts, but many other early 18th century mansions and homes in our region.  We also either built or restored country homes for many celebrities and leaders of corporate America.

Having been brought up in a very hands-on and fairly strict home, I was not a stranger to hard work and soon learned the value of repairing an item instead of disposing of it.  I hold myself to a high moral and work ethic.  My religious beliefs are very strong and also very private.  My work ethics are very similar to those of a much simpler and more humble way of life.  I rise with the sun and finish my day long after it sets.  God, family and work.  It’s the simple formula by which I live. 

Why do I tell you all this? Well after 30 years of back-breaking wood working I decided it was time to start a new career.  I have always admired the Amish way of life.  I found that it was very similar to the life I desired to live.  One Saturday afternoon I decided that I would go see an old friend and his shed business.  As chance would have it, everything he sold was Amish-made.  Divine intervention? We talked for hours and by the end of our conversation I knew I had found a new home.  Woodworking and building construction, along with old school work ethics and beliefs.  The next thing you know I was selling sheds, then managing the business, and before long buying it. 

I still live in Dutchess County.  I have been married to a wonderful woman named Carla for 28 years.  She is also a Dutchess County lifer.  Carla has worked at our local hospital for over 28 years.   Together we have 2 children.  Chelsea, who is 24, is a graduate of Plattsburgh University with a degree in Nutrition and works at both St. Francis and Vassar Hospitals as a registered dietician.  Mitchell who is 22, graduated from SUNY Oneonta with two majors and two minors.  We have always been active in our community from coaching sports to PTA and from Scouting to church activities. You name it, we joined it.

When you choose Bayhorse, you are not only choosing a building and the quality with which it is built.  You are also choosing a company owned and operated by a local businessman and possibly a neighbor that believes a handshake and a smile still personify that old time contract.