Valley Home is a 5-generation family farm specializing in pick-your-own or pre-picked fresh spring strawberries and fresh bakery items. The farm is open mid April through mid June and is located in southern middle Tennessee near Wartrace just 50 miles southeast of Nashville and 10 minutes off I-24 at Exit 97. Owned and operated by the Potts Family and open daily in season.
Historic Valley Home Farm is a 350-acre, 5-generation family farm owned by the Potts family and located in the rolling hills of beautiful southern Middle Tennessee. The farm is bordered on the south and east by the Garrison Fork of the Duck River.
The main farmhouse was built by the Jeremiah Cleveland Family in 1835 in the Greek Revival style of architecture. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance in 1990 after being restored and furnished with antiques to the period by Larry and Nancy Potts Edwards. The home has been featured on HG-TV’s “Our Place”.
Pictured above (center) is the builder, Jeremiah Cleveland, Jr., his son, Thomas Stone Cleveland and his wife, Anna. At the time of construction of the main farmhouse in 1835, the farm was 1,431 acres.
Also of historical interest, Valley Home was owned by the Albert M. Dement family in the early 1900’s. Mr. Dement was a foundation breeder of Tennessee Walking Horses such as Merry Legs, Last Chance, Neil and many others who stood on the farm at Valley Home. Last Chance is pictured above with Albert M. Dement and James R. Brantley, a friend and fellow foundation breeder of Tennessee Walking Horses.
R. K. and Nellie Potts purchased Valley Home in 1958 from Bernie H. Moore, former Commissioner of the Southeastern Football Conference and L.S.U. football coach. Son, Lowell Potts and wife Martha added another tract of the original Valley Home land back to the farm in 1968.
Grandson, Bobby Potts began farming for a living at Valley Home when he was 14 years old with his grandfather, R.K. Potts. At that time the farming operation consisted of traditional row crops (corn, soybeans, etc.) along with livestock and hay production.
Granddaughters, Linda Potts Williams, Vickie Potts Pyrdum and Nancy Potts Edwards still live and work on the farm in either a full or part-time basis.
Today the farm has been diversified into a direct-marketed retail specialty crops and farm agri-tainment. The farm is open 6 weeks in the spring for pre-picked and pick-your-own strawberries. Blueberries planted in 2010 will be in partial production by the summer of 2012.
Valley Home has remained a productive family farm which is sometimes difficult in today’s changing agricultural environment. Today 18 members of five generations of the Potts Family now live or work in some capacity on the farm.