Local farm recognized for 100 years in the same family
Mrs. Dorothy Attix-Meyer, owner of the Attix-Meyer family farm, and her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Meyer, received the Century Farm Award at a ceremony at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover October 14.
The Attix-Meyer farm in Kenton Hundred was one of three farms inducted into the Delaware Century Farm Program for families who have owned a farm for at least 100 years.
The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) hosted the Century Farm Awards Ceremony, and the featured speaker was Timothy A. Slavin, Director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
“Today we honored by your work as farmers and by the dedication you have shown to your farms,” Slavin said. “It is your work that connects us to our past, and it is your work that gives beauty to our landscape.”
Acting Secretary of Agriculture Austin Short also spoke at the ceremony.
“The family farms of Delaware are rooted in the history of our state and our nation,” Short said. “I am very pleased to be here today in this historical setting and recognize the Breeding Family, the Fibelkorn Family, and the Attix-Meyer Family for being a part of Delaware’s agricultural heritage for at least 100 years. It is truly an extraordinary accomplishment.”
The DDA Planning Section presents Century Farm awards to landowners who can document that their land has been farmed by the same family for at least 100 years. Farms must include at least 10 acres of the original parcel, or gross over $10,000 annually from the sale of agricultural products in order to qualify for the program. Currently including the new honorees, Delaware has 106 farms enrolled in the Century Farms Program, which was started in 1987.
Thomas Attix, great-grandfather to the present owner, purchased the original 85-acre parcel in 1880 from John Remley for $20.60 per acre. Frank Attix Sr. received the farm from his father, Thomas, in 1901; and in 1932 Frank Attix, Jr. became the next owner of the family farm.
In 1950, Mildred Carter Attix inherited the farm from her husband. In 1976 Mildred’s daughter, Dorothy Attix-Meyer, became the current owner of the farm.
Dwight Meyer, son of Dorothy Attix Meyer, said, the farm holds a long family history. His mother Dorothy was born in the house over 80 years ago.
“The farm is very special to us,” Meyer said. “She was actually born and spent the first few years of her life there.”
At the present time this 107-year old family farm produces grain on 155 acres of land. In prior years, the farm was used to raise horses, chickens, and had a dairy operation as well as produce hay crops.
There are currently two buildings on the farm. In 1895, the house and smokehouse were built. There are underground tile drains on the property installed by hand during the ownership of Frank Attix Jr.
Mr. Attix Jr. served as a State Senator from 1942-1944 and was instrumental in bringing electricity to rural Kent County. He was first to be a buyer of live poultry for the entire Eastern Shore for sale to the Philadelphia live markets. He also owned and operated five farms in the Clayton-Blackiston area.
The Attix and Meyer families are well known in Kent Country agriculture.
Dwight Meyer said it’s a gift to have been able to become one of the farms of families honored that only 100 farms in the state have been able to do.
“It’s a great honor to know that were following in the footsteps of our ancestors,” he said. “It (the award) just recognizes these farms as leaders in the farm community. We hope it will continue be a farm for many years to come.”