Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy Places: Rutledge Georgia Sunflower Farm

The Sunflower Farm is a 15 acre field in, where you can cut your own sunflowers. It's also the home of  the Sunflower Festival, one of  "Georgia's Top Festivals" by Atlanta Magazine. The Sunflower Farm has a Sharecropper's Country Market, a 1811 farm house that you can tour, and an enchanted forest full of gnomes, fairies and unusual art. The Sunflower Farm is a dream for professional and amateur photographers because of its unique landscape. This is one of those places that takes your breath away. The sunflower farm is beautiful, dreamy and oh so peaceful. It feels like a little piece of heaven.

Celebrating 75 years in 2012, Sunflower Farm has been home to 5 different generations of the West Family. In 1936 W.W.West and his wife Pauline Haymore purchased the property and moved their 5 children and their cotton and hog farming operation here. Over the next several years they greatly expanded the farm and added 3 more kids to the growing family. 

 In the 1980’s Granddaddy West grew sunflowers for the first time and supplied Pennington Seed with some of their first sunflower seed for their brand new line of wild bird feed. Bobby West the youngest of the 8 West siblings decided to grow a field of sunflowers again in 2000 to help attract doves to the area for an annual hunt. 

People started showing up wanting to cut flowers and take their pictures in the sunflower field so Wes Holt and his parents Rena West Holt and George set up a cut-your-own station where people could buy flowers on the honor system. 

So many people came the first season they decided to have a festival the very next year. This year the Sunflower Festival will be held on July 6 & 7 and will include:

  • Heritage crafters and artists under the canopy of oaks to demonstrate their crafts and sell their hand-made items  
  • Wonderful home-grown music and delicious, local traditional 4th of July food 
  • Old fashioned games and art projects for the kids plus a hay ride, ride a pony, and petting their favorite barnyard friend
  • "Cut Your Own" sunflower bouquet
  •  Antique Tractor Show
  • The 1811 McCowan-McRee House and Gardens, and...
  • Shop the 1891 Sharecropper's Country Market

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