Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Gracey Farm

John William Strode Lander was 39 years old when he passed away. He had accumulated six farms before his death. At his passing, each child drew a piece of paper from a hat to determine which farm they would receive. Bettie Lander Hopson drew the farm at the corner of Cerulean Springs & Sinking Fork Roads in Gracey, KY. Her brother, William "Will" Newton Lander, drew a farm across the road. Bettie's farm was 136 acres. There she settled with Meredith Shellcross Hopson. Together they farmed the land and raised their three children: Guy, Mary, and Bess.

The Gracey farm was home to sheep, cows, pigs, horses, peacocks, geese, chickens, cats & dogs. Bettie Lander Hopson told of her need to be away from the farm when a lamb was slaughtered. She couldn't bare it.

The farm was 200 acres of tilled land, hard wood trees, three barns, a farmhouse, a smokehouse, and a fruit orchard. There is a nice creek that flows through the property.