Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Roane County families and the Century Farm Project

Today is the first time I've read about Tennessee's Century Farm Program in existence since 1975. It honors Tennessee farm families who earn at least $1000 a year in revenue from a farm their family has owned continuously for 100 years or more with at least ten remaining acres belonging to its original owner. First managed by the state's Department of Agriculture, in 1985, the program was turned over to the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University.

At least three Roane County, Tennessee farms are honored by the program (though more may qualify because submission of the paperwork is strictly voluntary. Roane County Century farms include the EDGEMON Brothers Farm near Erie, established by Robert CAMPBELL in 1829; the MARTIN Farm south of Kingston, established by James JOLLY in 1830; and Valley View Farm between Rockwood and Harriman, established in 1848 by Eliza and Margaret MARTIN, Jr.

Middle Tennessee State's website contains a little more information about each of the three farms and the lines of descent of its owners | here |.

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