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Near Statesboro in Bulloch County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Banks Dairy Farm

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 11, 2014
1. Banks Dairy Farm Marker
Inscription. The Banks Dairy Farm was operated on this site and included 900 acres of cultivated land combined with dairying operations. David Callaway Banks, born April 8, 1882, in Bulloch County, Georgia, was the founder of Banks Dairy Farm and The City Dairy Company. D. C. Banks married Sarah Juliann Brannen in 1906 and in 1908 purchased the first part of what was to become Banks Dairy Farm. In 1932 D. C. Banks purchased an adjoining farm from his father-in-law, James Gross Brannen, dramatically expanding the farm.

The main concentration of the Banks Dairy Farm was dairy operations with most of the milk going to the family owned City Dairy Company. The farm also produced other livestock, wheat, cotton, tobacco, peanuts, watermelon and corn.

Each of the children of D. C. and Annie Banks performed specific jobs on the farm under the overall supervision of D. C. Osborne was in charge of the plant in town, Lonnie in charge of milking, Edwin in charge of feed crops, and Henry handled milk. Other children included Nina, Grace, Martha Ann and Bernard. The dairying operations of the farm ended in 1982 with the sale to Coble Dairy.
 
Erected by The Bulloch County Historical Society, sponsored by the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation.
 
Location.
Banks Dairy Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 11, 2014
2. Banks Dairy Farm Marker
Banks Dairy Road extends northwest in the photo.
32° 28.362′ N, 81° 51.593′ W. Marker is near Statesboro, Georgia, in Bulloch County. Marker is on Banks Dairy Road 0 miles west of Nesmith Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is on Banks Dairy Road less than 100 yards northwest of the Nesmith Road intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6319 Banks Dairy Road, Statesboro GA 30459, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willow Hill School and Community (approx. 3 miles away); Willow Hill Elementary School for Negroes (approx. 3.6 miles away); Skirmish at Statesboro (approx. 4.1 miles away); First Baptist Church of Statesboro (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bulloch County (approx. 4.8 miles away); Bulloch County Courthouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 4.8 miles away); Statesboro Confederate Monument (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Statesboro.
 
Regarding Banks Dairy Farm. The Banks Family house stands across Banks Dairy Road from the marker. A published source (a history of Bulloch County) states that it may have been built prior to 1810 by James Gross Brannen. It seems much more likely that it was built in 1880.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
Banks Dairy Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 11, 2014
3. Banks Dairy Farm Marker
The marker stands across Banks Dairy Road from the Banks Family House.
Banks Dairy Family House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 11, 2014
4. Banks Dairy Family House
The house is described in one published Bulloch County history as possibly built prior to 1810, but other references state that it was built in 1880 (which seems more likely given when the area was settled.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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