History of Old Holler Farm
In 1790, our farm was established. Though the farm has changed hands a few times since then, the passion for farming, stories, and a simpler way of life have continued to be passed down generation to generation. We specialize in grass fed cattle and free range eggs. 'Faith, family, farming' is so much more than a cheesy saying at our farm...it is a way of life.
The Strickland Family
established in 1790
Old Holler Farm was established in 1790 by the Beck family...at the time, George Washington was President, post offices didn't exist, and taxes were paid to your local church. William H. Beck, one of the original owners, still has a grave site on the farm with a headstone that reads ' 'Tis not all of life to live, nor all of death to die'. This was a famous quote from James Montgomery, a British hymn writer/poet back in the early 1800's. The Beck family spent 6 years constructing the original part of the cabin that's located on the farm, in 1796. The cabin was later expanded in 1835 and the year '1835' is still engraved on the exterior rock of the fireplace in the den of the cabin.
Fast forward a few years...a man named Roy Conrad Haberkern came to the area, then known as 'Winston' and 'Salem' (two cites), from Indiana looking for work. He landed a job at a Tobacco company called R.J. Reynolds in 1909 as personal secretary for Mr. Reynolds. The two of them became great friends and Mr. Reynolds trusted R.C. Haberkern. Haberkern had a passion for farming and while working at R.J. Reynolds, he purchased Old Holler Farm. In 1912 and 1913, R.J. Reynolds was coming out with Camel cigarettes. In 1913, R.C. Haberkern was assigned to design the logo. Haberkern went to the Barnum and Bailey circus and was able to snap a few photographs of a camel named 'Old Joe'. 'Joe Camel' was born. In the 1835 den of the cabin, you will notice 'Joe' in the hearth of the fireplace. R.C. Haberkern worked his way up to Vice President at R.J. Reynolds.
In 1924, R.C. Haberkern, Reynolds and the Gray family started the Memorial Industrial School, which was an orphanage for African American children and was located about 100 yards down the road from the farm. Haberkern used the farm to teach and produce for the orphanage, where he served as President. Old Holler Farm remained in his family until 2014, when the farm was then sold off in tracts. "Throughout the past several years, we have been piecing this beautiful, historic place back together, refusing to let it be sub-developed, and it's finally back in one piece." - Justin Strickland
In 2014, Justin and Jessica Strickland purchased 83 acres of Old Holler Farm. Then in 2017, they purchased the remaining 47 acres...feeling compelled to honor the history of the farm and make it whole again. Inspired by the history of the farm, Justin and Jessica Strickland, along with their 2 children, Tate and Beckett, are committed to preserving the land and continuing the legacy of Old Holler Farm.