Centennial Farms

Charlie Miller, Centennial Farm Program committee chair
404.651.5287 or charlie.miller@dnr.state.ga.us

The Georgia Centennial Farm Program was developed in 1993 to distinguish family farms that have contributed to preserving Georgia's agricultural history by maintaining working farms for more than 100 years. The program has recognized 451 farms around the state.  It is administered by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in a partnership with the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation; Georgia Department of Agriculture; Georgia Forestry Commission; and the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.  It is sponsored in part by Georgia EMC.

Each year, qualifying farms are recognized at the opening day of the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. During the awards luncheon, farm owners receive a Georgia Centennial Farm certificate of honor signed by the governor. 

Centennial Farm Awards application - May 1 of each year is the postmark deadline for applications.

The Centennial Farm Program was the subject of a 2013 episode of Georgia Outdoors on Georgia Public Broadcasting - click here to watch online.

2013 Georgia Centennial Farms

Georgia Centennial Heritage Farm
Boring and Brooks Estate, Banks County

Georgia Centennial Farm
Fannin-Cooper Farm, Paulding County

Georgia Centennial Family Farm
Troy and Nellie Jo Spicer Farm, Berrien County
Alderman Family Farm, Bulloch County
Norris Chester Mattox, Sr., Farm, Clinch County
Oak Hill Farm, Cook County
Can Do Farms, Dooly County
Wooten Farms, Dougherty County
H. W. Kessler Farm, Effingham County
McMullan Farms, Hart County
C.T. Bray Family Farm, Johnson County
Morton Farm, Jones County
Staten Plantation and Murray Staten Farms, Lowndes County
Julius McAllister Farm, Marion County
McAllister Family Farm, Marion County
Williams Family Farm, Morgan County
Berry Family Farm, Newton County
Gatliff Farms, Peach County
The Dixon Family Farm, Pierce County
Southwind Farm, Randolph County
Fountain Family Farm, Taylor County
Kentavia Williams Farm, Inc., Thomas County
Glenn Family Farm Homestead, Troup County
Goodwin Brothers Farm, Webster County
Freeman Springs Farm, Whitfield County
Jenkins-Shanklin Family Farm, Worth County

Photos and descriptions of each farm are on our Flickr page.

2012 Georgia Centennial Farms
Georgia’s Centennial Farms honored at Georgia National Fair - October 2012
See photos on our Flickr page.

The Peyton Farm in Banks County is owned by Bruce Peyton. The original 139 acres was purchased in 1892 by Henry H. Peyton, grandfather of Bruce Peyton.  In the early days, the farm raised chickens, hogs and milk cows.  Today, the farm raises cattle and hogs and produces hay, vegetables, grapes and honey. This photo from Sheila Neave is the first picture we have seen of one our signs displayed on a farm. Over 270 more signs were distributed across the state in 2012.  


Read about the 2011 honorees in Twenty-two Farms Receive Georgia Centennial Farm Awards in the October 2011 edition of Preservation Posts and see photos on our Flickr page.

Twenty Farms Receive Georgia Centennial Farm Awards - October 2010
See photos on our Flickr page.

A Celebration of Georgia's Historic Farms - November 2009 

List of all past recipients 1993-2012.  

Learn more about historic resources related to agriculture.