We love looking through vintage college football programs to get a sense of the period in question. Looking at a Yale-Brown 1941 program we came across this gem which advertises land for sale in Greenwich, CT for $3,000 per acre.
The land is owned by Yale and is on 1,400 acres of “rolling hills and pleasant valleys.”
According to Outhistory.org the land came into Yale’s ownership by a gift from John Sterling, one of the named partners in the elite law firm of Shearman & Sterling. Sterling was an 1864 graduate of Yale, he left them a bequest in his will worth $15,000,000.
Originally known as the Sterling Estate the name was changed to Yale Farms no doubt to better market and maximize its sale value. The land is some of the most beautiful in the country is encompass parts of Greenwich, CT and North Castle in Westchester County, NY.
Uhm, the land is no longer farmland, and its worth a bit more than $3,000 per acre now. Those who bought it did just about as well as those Dutch traders who bought Manhattan from the Indians!