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March 26, 2013

200-year-old Indiana farm receives award

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An eastern Indiana farm in the same family since 1812 has been declared a Bicentennial Hoosier Homestead.

The Swafford family has farmed land near the Union County town of Liberty since four years before Indiana's statehood in 1816.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann delivered the honor to the Edwin Swafford family and the Thelma Swafford family during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday. To receive the recognition, a farm must be owned by the same family for 200 consecutive years and consist of at least 20 acres or produce at least $1,000 worth of farm products per year.

Ed Swafford says the family was touched by the award and it brought back memories of his parents and grandparents.

Ellsperman says it's an incredible family legacy.

 

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