In 1941, John Benton Sr. with his wife and Ora Lee, along with their three children, John C. Benton Jr., Hazel, and Louise moved to the farm. And so the dream was born. The land, house, and just 2 mules were the beginning of a family legacy and a house-hold tradition.
1962 was a big year at the Benton Farm. Along with getting married to RoseMary, John Benton Jr. took over operations at the farm. Tobacco, the famous crop of Kentucky was the main stay for the farm. At one time the land had over 100 head of sheep and 100 head of cattle.
One of the great joys of farm life is always having farm fresh foods. Fresh milk, eggs, beef, and vegetables were staples on the Benton Farm.
The next chapter for Benton Farm ignited in the 90's when the family hosted its first visitors. Schools came to the farm for hands-on learning. Educating others on giving back to mother nature was our main goal. We want to teach the future members of society how to be sustainable.
In 2010 the Benton Family began work on a life long dream of John Jr., and broke ground for a world class multifunctional facility for education and special events. The facility was built to be Eco friendly and renewable. The new facility is climate controlled and uses geothermal heating and cooling and was built using the much more energy-efficient option of Insulated Concrete Forms.
In 2011, after 49 years, John Jr. decided it was time to let his daughter Mary lead the farm into the 21st century. Today, Mary oversees all operations at the farm with help from the 4th generation of Benton's, Mary’s son's Josh, Jarred, and Cody along with the help from her nephew Eli. The farm could not go on with the numerous volunteers who donate their time to keep the farm beautiful and working.