On 23 July 2016, about 40 graduates and guests gathered “under the tree” at the Patton Homestead in Hamilton, MA. The country-style Homestead was purchased by Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and his wife Beatrice in 1928 and served as a family vacation spot for many years. With the start of World War II, Beatrice moved to the Homestead permanently while her husband led the Seventh Army across Sicily and later commanded the Third Army to victory across the European Theater. In 1980, Patton’s son, Major General George S. Patton, his wife Joanne and their five children moved to the Homestead permanently after his own distinguished 34 year career in the US Army before retiring to Green Meadows.
The West Point Society of New England’s annual summer family picnic is at the Patton Homestead is truly a bucket list activity. Attendees were treated to a tour of the Patton Homestead, hay rides and an opportunity to visit the Green Meadows Farm owned by Mrs. Joanne Holbrook Patton, our hostess for the afternoon. Joanne’s sister, Marian Robertson from Texas joined us for the day. The West Point Society of New England was happy to have Emily Bitteker and Amy Hagan from the Association of Graduates also join us. We all look forward to returning to the Homestead for many years to come. Special thanks to John Duhamel for arranging our gathering at the Homestead.