The Tudor-style colonial house at 2 Fence Row Drive in Fairfield comprises stone, wood, masonry and stucco with a slate roof.
The inception of the bakery giant actually began rather modestly years earlier in Rudkin’s Fairfield kitchen on the original “Pepperidge Farm.” The Tudor-style colonial house at 2 Fence Row Drive Fairfield that Margaret and her husband Henry built in 1928 has a wonderful history, according to the listing agent. “Once consisting of close to 200 acres of orchards and gardens, the property was repurposed following the arrival of the Great Depression when it was converted from an equestrian estate to a working farm,” the agent said in marketing material.
She named her company after the farm, which was named for an ancient Pepperidge tree, also known as a black tupelo, that was on the property. The “fairy tale,” as Margaret Rudkin liked to call Pepperidge Farm, became the passion of her life, one source said.