In 2016, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 118 new century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years. More than 1,300 farms are now registered across the state in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program and several of those farms are located in Scioto County, including the historic Adkins Farm, 1988 Cook Road in Lucasville, Ohio.
“It has been in our family since 1897. They bought the farm at a sheriff’s sale,” Tom Adkins said. “It has been in our family for over 100 years, which is why we’re part of that Century Farm project.”
The farm, as it exists today, was the Samuel Farmer farm.
“The original part of the house that is built there was built in 1841, which has been added onto for some 170 years,” Tom Adkins said. “My great grandfather, Samuel McCarty, bought it in 1897.”
That farm has continued to be in one family since the 1897 purchase was made.
“The farm is now operated by my brother, John David ‘Dave’ Adkins,” Tom Adkins said.
The farm remains operated on a daily basis.
“He raises corn and bales hay and also has beef cattle, and some poultry,” Tom Adkins said.
Each family received a certificate signed by Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels to keep with their historic documents and pass down to future generations.
“My brother and I both have a certificate that designates that it’s a Century Farm, since he and I own it jointly,” Tom Adkins said. “I’m going to guess it has probably been five or 10 years that we had it registered as a Century Farm.”
Tom Adkins said he learned about the program from Dave Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture
“I heard about that program here in Pike County when Dave Daniels was here for other business,” Tom Adkins said. “Since our farm has been in the family for 100 years, I thought I would just go ahead and have it registered with the state as well.”
With the designation, the Adkins family is in the process of installing a sign identifying the farm as a Century Farm.
“I think its just a way to recognize the families in Ohio who have a long heritage of agriculture and who have been able to maintain their farms for 100 years or more,” Tom Adkins said.
“The state’s historic family farms program provides a direct link to Ohio’s impressive agricultural heritage and history,” Daniels said. “While their operations are diverse, all the families share a deep pride in their land and the stories behind it. I am happy to help honor their impact on Ohio agriculture.”
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