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Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Featured, Ohio Agricultural History | 0 comments

Brown County’s Historic Flooded Flatlands Farm Home to Shay Family

Brown County’s Historic Flooded Flatlands Farm Home to Shay Family

 

In 1801, Aaron Leonard migrated from Pennsylvania with his family and paid $200 for 100 acres in what was then part of Clermont County.  State government authorized the creation of Brown County in 1817, from parts of Adams and Clermont Counties. This farm, situated in Clark Township, became part of the newly-formed Brown County.

The early family generations engaged in general farming, along with tobacco, livestock and timber production.

Lee Leonard, great-granduncle of the current owner, built the family home before 1907. The current owner, Carol Shay, moved into the home when she was six, and her father remodeled their home over time.

Carol moved back to the farm with her husband, Michael Shay, and children in 1978, and they remodeled the home to its present-day look. Carol and Michael represent the seventh generation of the family to own the Flooded Flatlands Farm. The farm is now 11 acres, used to raise chickens and for grain production.

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