TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The F.L. Wilson Heritage Farm in Terre Haute, Ind. celebrated 206 years of continuous ownership on Thursday.
Few other farms have achieved a similar feat. This is one of 13 Indiana farms to be recognized by the Indiana Department of Agriculture as being run continuously by the same family for more than 200 years.
Fred L. Wilson Jr. is apart of the oldest living generation, and he said that he was happy to lead the family business.
“We’re a rarity that you have that long of a family lineage that stays in the same place,” Wilson said. “To have the opportunity to just pick up the farm where it was and move forward is quite an honor and you don’t take it lightly.”
Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch was given a tour of the farm by the Wilson family. She said that she was impressed by the history of the farm.
“To be able to be here and experience the history where Indiana began is incredibly impressive,” Crouch said.
The farm was established one year before Indiana became a state and has been owned by nine generations of lineage.