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Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Ohio Agricultural History | 0 comments

Wildman Family Keeps Heritage Alive

Wildman Family Keeps Heritage Alive


In 1803, founder Seth Smith arrived from Virginia and purchased 1,000 acres of land to clear for farming in the Clark and Greene counties region. Seth is the current owner’s great-great-great grandfather.

Following the tradition of Smith family owners, fourth-generation Virginia Smith acquired the farm. She later married Howard Wildman. Howard and Virginia were known for having the third largest sheep operation east of the Mississippi.

Howard and Virginia’s son, Ben, acquired the farm in 1977. Ben and his wife Peggy represent the fifth-generation of the family to own the farm. Their home was built in 1876 and remodeled in 1978 and 2001. A bank barn built in 1875 remains standing today. The farm is now 470 acres, used to raise corn, soybeans, and sheep.


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