Randall Lineback Cattle

Vermont's first official State Heritage Breed

How the Randall family came to Mt.Sinai

The story begins when the Randall family moved to “the Ridge” of eastern Long Island from Stonington, CT in 1738. There they purchased several thousand acres of wild land with fertile soils. From this beginning, the Randall family spread thoughout this area of Long Island. In 1839, Sylvester Gilmore Randall established his home in Miller [...]

Porch Boxes

When milk was delivered to homes, it was common for customers to have a “porch box” for the fresh milk to be left in. Porch boxes were used to keep milk cool in the summer and above freezing in the winter; in summer they would usually contain ice for refrigeration. Around 1947, the first of [...]

Thank You

I just wanted to take a minute to thank a few special people. First, my father, Warne Randall, and cousin Harry Randall. Without their contributions to my efforts, this could not have even started. They were there in the thick of it during its hay-day. Their help in facts, dates, pictures and thoughts cannot go [...]

Pond and Ice House

It is not known if there was an ice house on the Phillips farm when the Randall family purchased it in March 1885. It was never mentioned in the journals of John S. Randall, which he kept until his death in 1886. It is surmised that an ice house was built shortly after the main [...]

Randall Farms in art

Since the late nineteenth century, Randall Farms was a popular place for artist to practice their craft. This started in the 1890s with William Van Pelt, a Brooklyn NY photographer who spent much time in the Mt. Sinai community photographing everyday life events. The Randall family and their farm were also the inspiration of many [...]

Randall Farms book

I am working on a book about the farm I was raised on. Randall Farms (formerly Arrowhead Farms) was a dairy farm in Mt. Sinai, Long Island. My family that has been involved in agriculture for over 300 years, including over 200 years on the north shore of Long Island. My family milked Guernseys and [...]


Randall Linebacks are a rare breed of cattle which originated in Vermont and are steadily gaining popularity. Here you will find photos and stories about my own Randall Linebacks, as well as my experiences on New England dairy farms.

My childhood home, Randall Farms of Mt. Sinai, NY is also a subject near and dear to me. I have been collecting photos and memories and will share some of them here.

(The name is a coincidence; historic Randall Farms and the Randall Lineback breed bear no known connection.)