In 1857, James Allen Sr. established a farm of 560 acres about nine miles southwest of Greeneville. Before his death, he would own over one thousand acres.
James Allen Jr. acquired the property in 1885 after selling off hundreds of acres to satisfy notes given by his father during the Civil War. Although he and his wife, Elizabeth Jay Birdwell Allen had no children, they raised her nephew George Leo Birdwell Sr. and two nieces. Mr. Allen served two terms in the Tennessee General Assembly and during that time, was instrumental in appropriating money for making improvements on and helping to preserve the tailor shop of former President Andrew Johnson.
Jay’s father, George Leo Sr. obtained the property in 1952 and produced cash crops of corn and wheat. Along with a beef herd, he was also one of the first suppliers and haulers for Pet Milk Company, which had established a local bottling and distributing company in Greeneville. He was married to Gladys Russell Birdwell and they had five children, one of which was Jay Douglas Birdwell Sr.
In 1973, Jay Sr. and his wife Ann acquired 180 acres of the original farm along with the Allen House where they raised their three sons. Nestled in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountain Range and along the banks of the Nolichucky River, the farm still produces crops of sweet corn, cattle, sheep, and fall produce. As they continue the legacy of farming, along with two granddaughters, Jay and Ann invite you to visit. “We find this to be the perfect place for visitors to enjoy the beauty and history of a family farm…our family farm.”