Young Farm

W of Florence on US 76, Florence, South Carolina


Young Farm, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Young Farm is a collection of buildings associated with the dairy farm of Fred H. Young. The farm is significant for its association with Young’s achievements in the field of agriculture. The complex consists of a two-story frame main residence and a collection of outbuildings including a dairy barn, truck shed, cow shed and silos. Fred H. Young, a farmer and partner in Young’s Pedigreed Seed Farms, first won regard throughout the South for his high-grade cottonseed. When the boll weevil drastically reduced cotton production, Young decided to expand into dairy farming, and about 1916 he began his herd with the purchase of Belle de Sarah, a registered Jersey. He slowly and steadily increased his herd and in 1923 decided to begin scientifically testing the yields of his cattle. Belle de Sarah was his first test cow and in her first test year produced 858.10 pounds of butterfat and 16,373 pounds of milk, making her the highest record cow in the South and the first southern cow to win the American Jersey Cattle Club medal of Merit. Young’s continued success was cited as proof that dairy farming was well suited to South Carolina. Herbert Hoover, then secretary of commerce, visited the Young farm while in Florence in 1925 and expressed his belief that South Carolina held great potential for dairy farming. Young’s farm was seen as a model operation and his modest beginnings and low cost operation were recommended for emulation among aspiring dairy farmers. Listed in the National Register November 10, 1983. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1983
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Processing; Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings; Animal facility
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
ca. 1877; 1919
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 5

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View", Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Imported Photo
  • September 8, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller