The South Carolina Century Farms Program is pleased to announce that W.R. Simpson Farms, LLC, has been designated a South Carolina Century Farm, the first designation for Clarendon County. The farm was purchased by William R. Simpson in 1904 and has been continuously owned by the family since then. The historic Simpson family home and tobacco barn are both included on the family farm property. W.R. Simpson Farms, LLC, is currently owned by W. R. “Billy” Simpson, Sr., 2001 South Carolina Farmer of the Year and 6th generation farmer, and W.R. “Bill” Simpson, Jr., 7th generation farmer, of Manning, South Carolina.
The Century Farms Program was created to honor families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least one hundred years. The program was created in the 1974 for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. In 1976, the South Carolina Legislature expanded it into a state-wide program. Since 1974, over 400 properties have been designated as Century Farms
The Century Farms Program is administered by Lake Hartwell Country (formerly Pendleton District Commission), in Pendleton SC. This designation places no restrictions on the farm, nor does it offer legal protection. There is no cost to apply. For more information please contact Executive Director Les McCall at 864-646-3782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check out the January 14th edition of The Manning Times for more on this story!