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Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Ohio Agricultural History | 0 comments

Caraway Family Preserves Farm Legacy

Caraway Family Preserves Farm Legacy


Samuel Caraway wanted to build a prosperous life for his family. A big step toward achieving that goal occurred in 1888, when he purchased farm ground in Jefferson Township, Adams County.

Samuel and his family worked hard raising tobacco, corn, hay, wheat, soybeans, timber, cattle, hogs and poultry. Samuel also worked as a butcher, barber, and undertaker, and owned multiple businesses, including a hardware, grocery, and barbershop.

Giving back to the community, he was responsible for the creation of the Caraway Schoolhouse in Jefferson Township. Prior to the new school opening, students took classes in his hardware store.

The Great Depression exacted a heavy toll on Samuel’s health and wealth, but the family managed to continue ownership of their farm.

Forrest and Angela Caraway now represent the fourth-generation of the family to own the 124-acre farm. Tobacco, pumpkins, cattle and agri-tourism operations keep them busy, and they are also renovating the farmhouse that Samuel built in the 1800s. The family has also granted farm access to the Nature Conservancy, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University for the study of frogs.

Congratulations to the Caraway Family on achieving Ohio Century Farm recognition.

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