About Maymead

Maymead is a family of companies which grew up out of family farming operations. Our company name comes from a train stop called “May’s Meadow” on the farm property. Over time, the name was shortened to “Maymead”. Additionally, “Maymead” is the term for a type of soil found in northwestern North Carolina and northeastern Tennessee. The land for the farm, which included land in present day Tennessee and North Carolina, was granted to the family by King George II in 1747. The Maymead farm is one of a very few farms with continuous family ownership since the days preceding independence from England.

The family farm has been governed by three different state governments: North Carolina, Franklin, and Tennessee. Today it is located entirely within Johnson County, Tennessee, a county which boarders Virginia and North Carolina. The farm resides mostly in picturesque Roan Valley, named after Daniel Boone’s horse. Legend has it that this horse went lame one fall and that Daniel had to leave it behind. Upon his return to the valley the next spring, he found the horse thriving and thereafter, it is said, referred to the river as Roan Creek and the valley as the Roan Valley.

Prior to colonization, Roan Valley was inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. Many items found in a cave on Maymead property are now on display at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

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