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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Ohio Agricultural History | 0 comments

Adams County Celebrates Its Century & Bicentennial Farms

Adams County Celebrates Its Century & Bicentennial Farms

No one can argue the historical significance of Adams County to Ohio agriculture. Home to the oldest registered bicentennial farm, the county boasts 13 other registered farms, including one founded in 1793 by the second governor of the state, Thomas Kirker (more on the Kirker farm later).

On Nov. 1, Adams County residents, farmers and local officials gathered on the courthouse steps to pay homage to the county’s century and bicentennial farms. The event, hosted by County Commissioners Steve Caraway, Paul Worley, and Brian Baldridge and County Recorder Mark Tolle, included Ohio Agriculture Director David Daniels, who congratulated the families.

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Ohio Agriculture Director David Daniels (left) met the Adams County Bicentennial and Century Farm families.

 

The courthouse will be home to a permanent display of the Century or Bicentennial Farm certificates for each of the families:

  • Brodt; 2 farms – 1856 & 1858
  • Nixon, 1811
  • Swearingen, 1875
  • McClanahan, 1883
  • Kirker, 1793
  • Edenfield, 1895
  • Bennington, 1911
  • Pence, 1858
  • O’Brien, 1800
  • McCormick, 1805
  • Morris, 1880
  • McCoy, 1872
  • Smiley, 1772
The Swearingen Family holds their Century Farm certificate, which will become part of the courthouse display.

The Swearingen Family holds their Century Farm certificate, which will become part of the courthouse display.

Banner Photo: Honoring Adams County’s Bicentennial & Century Farms were (from left): Commissioner Paul Worley, Recorder Mark Tolle, Ohio Agriculture Director David Daniels, Commissioner Brian Baldridge, and Commissioner Steve Caraway.

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