Fourteen farm owners and their historic properties were recognized at the 25th annual Georgia Centennial Farm Awards on the inaugural day of the 2017 Georgia National Fair in Perry.
The Georgia Centennial Farm Program is a partnership between the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Georgia Farm Bureau Federation; Georgia Department of Agriculture; Georgia Forestry Commission; and Georgia National Fair and Agricenter; with support from Georgia EMC and the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.
Farms hold a central role in the heritage of our state, having formed the economic, cultural, and family foundation for generations of Georgians. All farms earning recognition have continuously operated for 100 years or more.
More than 500 farms have been recognized through the Georgia Centennial Farm Program since its inception in 1993.
Recognition is given to farm owners through one of three distinguished awards: the Centennial Heritage Farm Award honors farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The Centennial Farm Award does not require continual family ownership, but farms must be at least 100 years old and listed in the NRHP. The Centennial Family Farm Award recognizes farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more that are not listed in the NRHP.
In 2017, the following farms are recipients of the Georgia Centennial Family Farm Award:
¨ Lanier Farm, Bulloch County
¨ Olde Homeplace, Bulloch County
¨ Mary and Ben Newsome Family Farm, Crisp County
¨ Sandy Acres Ranch, Dade County
¨ Swicord Thomas Farm, Decatur County
¨ Rey-Brin Farm, Hall County
¨ Freeman Family Farm, Jackson County
¨ Aldred-Stevens-Smith Farm, Jefferson County
¨ Liberty Hill Ranch, LLC, Lamar County
¨ Bryans Family Farm, Morgan County
¨ McLain/Hood Farms of Orndorff Place, Terrell County
¨ Gibbs - Crumley Family Farm, Tift County
¨ James Paul Smith Family Farm, Turner County
¨ Alvin Pierce Henderson Farm, Ware County
Anyone interested in nominating a farm for recognition should visit www.georgiacentennialfarms.org to download an application, or contact Allison Asbrock, Centennial Farm Awards committee, at (770) 389-7868 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The postmark deadline for applications is May 1 of each year.
The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance.
The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.