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Maymead Farm designated as National Historic Place

By Lacy Hilliard
Driving down the scenic Highway 167 through the picturesque Roan Valley, it’s difficult to ignore the immense amount of space occupied by Maymead related facilities and the elaborate original colonial style homestead. Recently the Maymead Stock Farm, one of the oldest in the county and the first farm to become incorporated in the state of Tennessee, was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register of Historic Places has several eligibility requirements that all nominated properties must meet before being accepted into the registry. First, the property must be over 50 years in age. Next, the property must have some historical relevance in the form of architectural history, landscape history, or engineering achievements.
The 1,000 acres of land that Maymead Stock Farm and other Maymead related facilities occupy today is only a small part of the original land granted to the founding families in 1747 by King George the II. The original land sprawled across both Tennessee and North Carolina. The farm is unique in that it is still owned and operated primarily by descendents of the original owners –an uncommon occurrence in farms of this advanced age due to the civil unrest experienced in our country as we gained independence from England.
This isn’t the first time Maymead has gained historical recognition. Roan Valley was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. A cave located on the Maymead property was found to contain several Cherokee artifacts that can now be found on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. The valley in which Maymead Stock Farm lays is said to be historical too. Legend has it that while Daniel Boone was traveling through the region, his beloved roan horse fell lame and he was forced to leave it behind. When he returned to the region the following spring, it’s said that Boone found his horse alive and thriving. To honor the special land that provided hiatus to his injured horse, Daniel Boone began referring to the lush valley as Roan Valley.
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