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The Carter Family has been in Henry County, GA for 8 generations – 5 generations on this same farm. The Carter ancestors through my grandfather, Mr. J.A. Carter, were sharecroppers which meant that they basically farmed the land for other farmer landowners for a share of the crop. In 1938 J.A. Carter saved enough money to buy a place of his own and began farming on what is now part of Southern Belle Farm.

A dairy operation was started by my grandfather, and my father J.C. Carter began another dairy across the road in the late-1940’s. I came back to the farm in 1975 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Master of Science degree, 2 years in the U.S. Army, and 2 years as Executive Director of Georgia Milk Producers, Inc. When I came back we put the two separate dairies together into one operation, and I was in partnership with my Dad, J.C. Carter and Uncle, M.L. Carter. In 1979 we bought my Dad and Uncle out of the partnership. At its peak Southern Belle Farm consisted of 375 acres owned, 100 acres rented and a total of around 350 Holstein dairy cows. In 1986 we sold out of the dairy business and went into a beef cattle/hay farm with thoughts of developing the farm into an educational/agritourism farm.




In 2005 our son Jake who had graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Management also became interested in developing the farm into an educational/agritourism farm along with the cattle operation. We built the first piece of this venture with the construction of a new barn where we were able to have Jake and Jennifer’s rehearsal dinner and wedding reception in August, 2005. In 2006 we had our first corn maize and began having educational field trips. Since that time there have been many additions to the farm the latest of which is our new Farm Market/Bakery where we are able to sell our farm produce and use much of that fruit – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes, etc. – in making bakery products, ice cream, and other goodies. The educational field trip part of our operation has also grown to the point that in the spring, summer, and fall we are able to host over 30,000 school children and teach them about agriculture.

The Carter family and Southern Belle Farm have been blessed beyond measure over these last 80 years and it is our desire to open up our farm to allow others to have a taste of the good life on the farm and receive education about agriculture and its importance to the health and well-being of our county, state, nation, and world in a wholesome and safe environment. It is our desire to be good stewards of the resources the Lord has blessed us with and at the same time be able to remain on this land and share it with others. We hope you will be able to visit us soon.

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Our Current hours will be located in the grey bar across the top of the website. However, on each season’s page, the hours and pricing are available for that season. Our social media sites will also be updated with any deviations from our normal operating hours.

Q What should I wear?

It is important that each visitor wear comfortable clothing, and shoes that will be easy to walk in on rough terrain. Tennis shoes or boots with low heels are most recommended. Check the forecast for the day of your visit, and dress accordingly.

Q What to bring?

Some necessities for your comfort while visiting are sunscreen, hats, hand wipes or hand sanitizer, sunglasses, and chapstick. Those who are sensitive to insect bites may want to bring insect repellent, as all of our activities are outdoors.

Q Are pets allowed?

Due to the large number of guests and farm animals on the property, pets are not allowed. Certified service animals with documentation are welcomed.

Q What kind of allergens might my child or I encounter at the farm?

On a working farm, you may encounter dust, pollen, insects, animals, grass and weeds, etc. Prepare accordingly. We do stock first aid kits in several locations throughout the farm, including allergy medication which we will allow you to administer to yourself or your child. Please be advised that honeybees are kept on the property. If you have an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings, please be prepared. While our honeybees are usually harmless, we cannot control nature.

Q Is there any food available on the property?

There is a wide selection of food available on the property. We have food cooked on the farm (like hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ) seasonally, but not all the time. We always have snacks available in the market, as well as homemade ice cream, and baked goods from Mimi’s Bakery.

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