Celebrating Bicentennial Farm Heritage in Columbiana County
Charles Long Sr., with his wife, Catherine Firestone, and their family, moved west from Frederick County, Maryland. In 1801, he paid $2 an acre for a section of land in Unity Township. The original deed was signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
Charles Sr. also purchased land in Stark County and across the state line in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. The family raised sheep, and grew wheat, oats, barley, corn, clover and rye.
The farm transferred to Charles Long Jr., then to his niece, Lucinda and her husband, William Wallace. The Wallace family continued ownership through several generations, with Edith Wallace Fox acquiring the land in 1938.
Edith and her husband, Harold, were full-time dairy farmers. She delivered milk for 40 years to up to 200 customers, starting her delivery route every morning at 6 a.m. When deliveries stopped in 1980, the farm’s milk production was sold to a co-op.
After Edith and Harold, the farm transferred to their son, C. Richard Fox. Dick was an attorney who served two years during the Korean conflict as a Special Investigative Agent in the Counter-Intelligence Corp. of the U.S. Army. He began his law practice in 1955 in the city of Columbiana.
Dick began leasing a portion of the farm’s tilled acres for planting in the early 1990s. The dairy cattle were sold, and beef cattle were purchased. He willed the farm to his nieces and nephew, Marsha, William and Leann Fox and Sandra Fox Clark, who formed FoxAyre Farm LLC to manage the farming operations.
Today the partners – Marsha and Leann Fox, Sandra Fox Clark, and William’s heirs, Amy Fox Last, Carrie Fox and Sarah Fox Fojut – continue the family’s farming tradition. The 396-acre farm, which extends from Ohio into Pennsylvania, supports corn and soybean crops, pasture and woodland. The family has a continued commitment to refurbishing and maintaining the farm’s historic homes, barn and outbuildings.
(Banner photo: Donna Fox, daughter-in-law of Edith Wallace-Fox, with the farm partners. From left: Sarah Fox-Fojut, Marsha Fox, Leann Fox, Donna Fox, Sandy Fox-Clark (managing LLC partner), Carrie Fox and Amy Fox-Last.)