Moore County boasts seven Tennessee Century Farms.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture created the Century Farms Program in 1975 as part of the United State’s bicentennial celebration. In 1985, the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) assumed the responsibility for the program. The program’s intent is to document the deep agriculture history of the people of Tennessee.
First, it recognizes families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. After 30 years in existence, the program boast 1,447 certified farms. Of that number 143 are 200 years old, 625 are 150 years old, and 679 are over 100 years old.
General William Moore established Moore County in 1871. Its oldest Century Farm is the Parks Pasture farm located just northeast of Lynchburg. B. W. and Mary J. Cooper established the place in 1843 when they purchased 33 acres. The family kept a few milk cows and maintained a garden for their daily food and raised corn, sorghum cane and swine as farm commodities.
In 1951, a grandson of the Coopers, Reagor Parks inherited one-third of the farm from his parents and purchased the remainder from his brother and sister. He currently works approximately 264 acres and specializes in raising replacement heifers for dairies.
Other Century Farms include the Bedford Wiseman Farm currently owned by Helene Wiseman (located off Highway 55), the Burt Farm (located 10 miles northeast of Lynchburg), the Chestnut Ridge farm owned by the Cochran Family, the Hezekiah Acres Farm owned by Bratten Ferrell (located near Motlow College), the Rock Creek Farm owned by the Jennings Family (located in the County Line Community) and the Holt-Elam Farm, also located near Motlow College.