Couple wins award for preserving farmAugust 10, 2020
By The Associated Press
COMMISKEY — A southeastern Indiana couple has won a rural preservation award for their efforts to preserve a farm founded in 1821 by a man who lived on the site for a time in a hollow tree.
Betty and Gerald Manning were awarded the 2020 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation from Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau for their role in preserving Stream Cliff Farm.
The farm, located in Jennings County near the rural community Commiskey, boasts a collection of 19th-century buildings that initially supported traditional farming operations, the News and Tribune reported.
But today the farm, located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Louisville, Kentucky, houses the Mannings’ herb and flower business, restaurant, winery and special events venue in the farm’s repurposed buildings.
Betty Manning and her husband took on the farm, which had been in Betty’s family since the late 1800s, shortly after they married in 1965. They took it in a new direction in the early 1970s when they started selling crafts, cornhusk dolls and dried florals. The restaurant, winery and other farm enterprises followed later.
“We were practicing agritourism before it had a name,” Betty Manning said.
The farm’s origins date to 1821, when James Harmon moved from Maine to Indiana, where he established the farm using a land grant awarded to his father, a Revolutionary War veteran.
Harmon reportedly lived in a hollow tree while he built a barn and baked bricks to construct his farmhouse. The property survived a stop by Confederate soldiers during Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid through southern Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.
More on DuboisCountyHerald.com
Interesting stories about the history of Ireland, Portersville, Madison Township and Boone...
The Dubois County high school marching bands are at full force as they prepare for semistate and...
Tuesday evening as the sun set, a large group of Forest Park students could be seen walking in...
When Don Luis Dubon first moved to Huntingburg with his family in 1999, there were only a few...
Tracy Lorey, superintendent of Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, was named the 2022...
Dubois County will continue to have two representatives in the Indiana House of Representatives,...
How to attract and keep police officers for the city became a big topic at the Huntingburg...
Fewer than five minutes remain until the Marching Wildcats’ rehearsal is set to start, and...