Giles County Farms (Row Crops)

This protected land actually consists of two separate properties. McCormack Farm, owned by Zollie and Jenette McCormack, includes 1,300 acres just off I-65 in Giles County. In the spring and summer, wheat, corn and soybeans cover the rich soils that are fed by the Elk River as it winds through the land for over four miles, serving as a home to several endangered species.

Just across I-65 from the McCormack’s farm, John and Mary Cribbs own 218 acres that include a historic home they carefully restored. The land also contains a mature hardwood forest and an old family cemetery with more than 35 headstones and a one-lane wagon road that leads into “Spook Holler,” where a perpetual spring still flows today.

Both the McCormacks and the Cribbs worked with The Land Trust for Tennessee staff to establish conservation agreements that will protect their land in perpetuity. With the addition of these two properties, The Land Trust for Tennessee has now partnered with six families to protect over 3,400 acres of farm and forestland in Giles County.

Cribbs, John and Mary

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