Screven County farm now open for tourists

SYLVANIA, GA (WTOC) - Benji and Garrett Anderson grew up doing the farm chores that now draw some of Georgia's newest tourists. The brothers now see plenty of visitors every weekend at the Old Freeman Family Farm that's been in their mom's side of the family since the 1890's.

"Our family has, for a long time, wanted to do something different. We decided to open it to the public. We felt people needed to be aware of how farming used to be," Benji explained.

They're growing sugar cane, which they'll grind and boil into old fashioned cane syrup. Folks can also get an up close look at farm animals and wander through the corn maze.

"We decided we wanted to do a little agri-tourism, and not as much the tourism part but just making people aware of more agriculture because it's so far removed from today's society," Garrett added.

Visitors can also find another fall favorite here, a pumpkin patch. It may be one of the few places to see them because Hurricane Irene knocked out much of the crop in the Northeast. For the Anderson's, it's not as much a business as a fun way to share a way of life.

"They can come hang out on the porch swings and just enjoy a slower pace. It's just that we're trying to do things the old timey way," Benji added.

The farm is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 20. For admission prices and other information, visit

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