-Ronnie Barron, UT/TSU Extension-Cheatham County
The Shearron Family Farm of Chapmansboro was recently added to the list of Tennessee Century Farms, which marks the 18th Cheatham County farm to be included in the registry.
The farm was founded in 1861 by Mr. John Joseph Shearron and has been in the family for 159 years. Over the years, the farm has produced tobacco, hay, corn, cattle, milk, chickens, and volumes of family history.
The farm currently produces hay for livestock and is owned by Ben W. Shearron, Jr. and his sister, Mary Evelyn Shearron Brinkley.
The Tennessee Century Farms Program was created in 1975 by the TN Department of Agriculture as a part of the U.S. bicentennial celebration and is maintained by the non-profit organization, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation.
Details about the Tennessee Century Farms programs and the lists of family farms registered across the state can be found at their website, www.tncenturyfarms.org or on their Facebook page.