Fall Fun at Lazy Acres Family Farm

Violet Sky at Lazy Acres Farm, Marianna, Florida

Venture down country roads near Marianna, Florida to arrive at this cute family farm. Complete with a maze, cows, pigs, chickens, lawn games, live demonstrations, a general store and hay ride it makes for a fun fall adventure!

History of Lazy Acres Farm

The Lazy Acres Family Farm has been in the same family since 1854 and is owned by the great-great granddaughter of the original owner. The first member of the family to own the farm was Benjamin Neel who initially homesteaded the farm. His son, William Neel also ran the farm until his death in 1928. When William Neel II inherited the farm when his father passed away he was only eight years old and raised his first peanut crop that same year. After his time in the service he returned back to the farm where he married and had two children, one also named William. They named the homestead Lazy Acres Family Farm in 1947.

The current owners of the farm are still in the same family. They work hard to preserve their family homestead and raise cattle, pigs and chickens every year. They also farm about 100 acres of land each year. In addition they open the farm up for events seasonally.

Violet Sky at Lazy Acres Farm, Marianna, Florida

Visiting Lazy Acres Family Farm

There is a gift shop and farm store that sells fresh meat from the farm and other local goods to visitors. When they are not open to the public you may see a booth at local farmers markets.

Every fall the farm is open to guests to explore the maze, see animals and take a hay ride! The uniqueness of this maze comes from a delightful mix of flowers and corn. Also along the maze is a scavenger hunt of fun facts that could land you a prize from the drawing at the end of the season.

Field trips are also available for school and church groups. For more information about hours and admission please visit https://www.thelazyacres.com/contact.

Violet Sky at Lazy Acres Farm, Marianna, Florida

Also nearby Lazy Acres Farm is the haunted Bellamy Bridge and the town of Two Egg.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

Knob Creek Farm

Knob Creek Farm, Hodgenville, Kentucky

It was on this site in the 1810s that Abraham Lincoln spent some years of his childhood growing up on the banks of Knob Creek. It was written by Lincoln himself in 1860 that “my earliest recollection is of the Knob Creek place”.

History of Abraham Lincoln at Knob Creek Farm

Upon 30 acres of land the family of Thomas and Nancy Lincoln lived, farmed and raised their children. Lincoln spoke of his memories such as planting crops with his sister Sarah and the heavy rains that would wash out their crops and fill Knob Creek with water. He mentioned picking berries, running errands and listening to his mother read the Bible on Sunday mornings.

He often mentioned that in his childhood at Knob Creek there was a particular tree that he really enjoyed playing by. His imagination ran wild in the fields surrounded by rolling countryside. His parents sent him and his sister to subscription schools as they could afford it as schools were not free in Kentucky until years later.

The family experienced a great tragedy around the year 1812 when Nancy Lincoln gave birth to a baby boy whom they named Tommy but only lived three days. The cause of his death is unknown and he was buried at Knob Creek Farm.

It was also at Knob Creek Farm that Abraham Lincoln first witnessed African Americans and slavery which would later play a major role in his legacy in American government. Young Abraham watched as slaves were being transported along the Old Cumberland Road nearby.

Austin Gollaher was a good childhood friend of Abraham. One day they were playing in Knob Creek when he fell into the water. Austin reached out a sturdy tree limb and pulled his friend back to shore, most likely saving his life from the turbulent creek water. Lincoln said he was forever grateful to his friend Austin.

The Lincoln’s lived at Knob Creek Farm until December of 1816, when they moved to Spencer County, Indiana. Abraham Lincoln was nearly eight years old as he moved on to the next adventure of his life.

Years later the same Austin that saved Abraham’s life, purchased the land and tore down the old cabin to use the wood to build stables. The stables were later washed away in a flood, abolishing any trace of what would be left of the cabin.

Violet Sky at Knob Creek Farm, Hodgenville, Kentucky

Visiting Knob Creek Farm

Today the Knob Creek Farm features two cabins at the site. One of the cabins was built in 1800 and is the same one that Austin Gollaher’s family lived in. It was moved to the site of the Lincoln home for historical purposes since Lincoln’s childhood home was dismantled. The other cabin in the Lincoln Tavern that was built in 1933 to serve as a place for tourists see the sites of the past presidents life.

Knob Creek Farm is free to visit and explore the grounds that Abraham Lincoln once lived. For more information please visit, https://www.nps.gov/abli/planyourvisit/boyhood-home.htm.

To visit this childhood home of Abraham Lincoln you meander along Highway 31E, also known as Bardstown Road. See the map below for more details!

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky