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Kodak in Sevier County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Kelly Family Farm

Seven Islands State Birding Park

 
 
The Kodak Family Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 4, 2017
1. The Kodak Family Farm Marker
Inscription. Prior to the creation of Seven Islands State Birding Park, several generations of the Kelly family farmed and lived on this land.

The French Broad River's "Kelly Bend" name comes from the family, however, the Kellys called it "Seclusion Bend".

The modern era of the Kelly family began in 1917 when Joe Bruce (J.B.) Kelly married Ruth Ellen Creswell and moved to the 268-acre farm that had been in her family for several generations.

"I farmed with mules and a goose neck hoe in the early days," recalled J.B. in 1988. They raised traditional crops and tended to dairy and beef cattle, pigs, and chickens.

J.B. ad Ruth had three sons: J.B. Jr., Hal and Eugene. When J.B. Sr. retired, J.B. Jr. and Hal took over the day-to-day operation of the farm.

Hal married Dorothy Jean Rutherford and they had three children: John, Sally, and Chris who was the last Kelly to manage the farm before it became a wildlife refuge, and a state park.
 
Location. 35° 56.85′ N, 83° 41.353′ W. Marker is in Kodak, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker is on Kelly Lane, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located with the Seven Islands State Birding Park. Marker is in this post office area: Kodak TN 37764, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Kodak Family Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 4, 2017
2. The Kodak Family Farm Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Treaty of Dumplin Creek (approx. 3.8 miles away); Henry's Station (approx. 4 miles away); Dumplin Creek Treaty (approx. 5.1 miles away); Newell's Station (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Great Indian War Trail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Knox County / Sevier County (approx. 7.2 miles away); Ramsey House Plantation (approx. 7.7 miles away); McBee's Ferry (was approx. 7.9 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kodak.
 
Also see . . .  Seven Islands State Birding Park. (Submitted on October 24, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
The Kelly Family Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 4, 2017
3. The Kelly Family Farm Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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