Celebrating Bicentennial Farms before 1776

by | Jul 4, 2024

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has two programs that recognize the long-standing farms in our state — the Century Farm Program and the Bicentennial Farm Program. Bicentennial Farms are Century Farms that have maintained continuous family ownership for 200 years or more. This is an incredible accomplishment within the agriculture community. It takes a lot of hard work and a dedicated family lineage to keep a farm flourishing for longer than the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s existence, having been established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1877. The oldest farm listed on the department’s directory dates back to 1733 when the United States was still the thirteen colonies of the British Empire, but that’s not the only one with such an impressive history. In celebration of the Fourth of July, we’re highlighting the following 28 farms that have been in North Carolina families since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776:

  • Hill Taylor Farm: Elizabeth Anne Taylor (Duplin, 1733)
  • Gilmore-Patterson: Russell Patterson (Robeson, 1735)

Gilmore-Patterson Farm

  • Stalcup-Page-Jackson Farm: Gary L. Jackson (Caswell, 1743)
  • John Sutton Family Farm: Joe P. Sutton, PhD, Connie J. Sutton (Lenoir, 1748)

1938 Bucklesberry Community, origins of the Sutton family

  • Foscue Family Farm: Brenda Foscue, John R. Foscue Jr. (Jones, 1750)
  • The Bingham Homestead: Glenda B. Miller (Cleveland, 1751)
  • Watson-Barnes Farm: Elvin Sanford Barnes (Wilson, 1751)
  • Kendall W. Isley and Lisa R. Isley (Alamance, 1752)
  • Hogan Family Farm: William Christopher Hogan (Orange, 1755)
  • West Home Place: Wesley Hairr (Sampson, 1755)
  • Burt Farms: John F. Burt (Wake, 1756)

Burt Farms

Burt Farms farmhouse

The Burt family

  • Mount View Farm: A. Gordon Neville (Orange, 1756)

Cattle on Mount View Farm

  • Historic Knox Farm: Ben Knox (Rowan, 1758)

Ben Knox and Knox Hill Farm

Knox Hill farmhouse

  • J.C. Rowland Farms, LLC: Martha Rowland Fish, Julia Rowland Yeargan, Virginia Rowland Miller (Wake, 1761)
  • Egerton/Thornton/Davis: John William Davis Jr. (Warren, 1762)
  • Ferguson Family: Sharon Carter Underwood (Wilkes, 1762)
  • Frost Farm: Ina Kamenz, Donald Kamenz (Davie, 1762)

Frost Farm

Ina Kamenz, managing partner

  • Sandling Farm: Alta D. Sandling, Walter N. Sandling (Franklin, 1762)

Sandling Farm

The Sandling Family

  • The Wendell Miller Farm: Danny James Harwood (Rowan, 1762)
  • The Hinnant Family Farm: Willard P. Hinnant Jr. (Johnston, 1763)

The Hinnant Family Farm

Hinnant Family Vineyards

  • Oak Crest Farm: Lee Chandler and Laura Chandler (Vance, 1765)

Vance family on Oak Crest

  • Shirley Schreiner Yetman and C.W. Vincent Homeplace: Deborah G. Yetman Larsen, Ashley P. Yetman (Northampton, 1766)
  • Susan Elizabeth Baker (Jones, 1767)
  • Sigmon Farms: John D. Sigmon (Catawba, 1768)
  • Abner Nelson-Garland F. Purser Farm: Garland F. Purser (Craven, 1772)
  • Glosson Family Farm: John Glosson (Chatham, 1774)
  • O.D. Fountain Farm: Crandall L. Fountain (Duplin, 1774)
  • Davis Double Century Farm: James G. Davis, Gerry G. Davis, Peggy D. Moseley, Nora D. Finch (Wayne, 1776)

Tractors on Davis Farm

The Davis family from the 1990s

Gerry Davis, one of the current owners

For the full list of Bicentennial Farms in North Carolina, visit https://www.ncagr.gov/divisions/public-affairs/bicentennial-farm-program/public-affairs-bicentennial-farm-directory.