200 Years on the Family Farm
13 bicentennial family farm owners will be honored at Lancaster Chamber’s annual agricultural banquet Thursday night.
By RYAN ROBINSON, LancasterOnline.com | Nov 13, 2006 Updated Sep 11, 2013 |
This time around, a farm has to have been in the same family for 200 years. Owners of 13 such bicentennial farms will be honored at Thursday night’s 30th annual banquet.
Gary Willier, the Chamber’s Ag Services Manager, said the state agriculture department began recognizing bicentennial farms in 2004, but this is the first time the county will do so.
The chamber decided to “catch up” on honoring bicentennial farm owners this year. In the future, any new century or bicentennial farms will be honored together at the banquet, he said.
One of them is not far from being a tricentennial farm.
Ruth S. Miller and sons J. Marlin and Robert C. Miller trace ownership of their 917 Farmingdale Road farm through their family tree all the way back to 1717.