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The original homestead on this farm was settled in 1879 by Thomas Shivers, a former slave by Tennessee. Shivers prospered in the valley and by the turn of the century this farm had grown to nearly 300 acres. Thomas was one of the most progressive and innovative farmers in the area. He owned one of the first tractors in the community and had electricity and running water in his home well before most of his neighbors. His equally gifted son, Algie, built one of his first round barns for his father. The form was sold in 1980 after belonging to the Shivers family for over 100 years. The home, round barn and all of the outbuildings were burned soon after the sale.

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