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.
Diversification away from farming began during the era of the Great Depression when government programs promoted lime mining to fertilize the farms of the area, prompting Maymead to open a stone quarry. As our highway systems developed, the various state Departments of Transportation began to standardize material requirements which in turn increased demand for the products from the granite quarry. The quarry itself is quite unique in that it lies on a fault and is actually half limestone and half granite and many geologists have come to study the area as a result. The Johnson County quarry is the only granite quarry in the state of Tennessee.
Maymead integrated vertically and began to provide highway construction services. Presently, our primary focus is in asphalt construction services, but we also engage in farming, aggregates supply, asphalt production, and real estate development. Maymead is dedicated to environmentally safe and responsible operations and consequently has invested in machinery that recycles asphalt. Maymead is proud to be a regional leader in asphalt production utilizing recycled asphalt.