Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm gets historical marker

The Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm in Jefferson now has a special marker that tells the story of the Piedmont homestead, originally settled by brothers James and Patrick Shields in 1798.

The historical marker is unveiled during a ceremony on Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Historical Marking Day, as proclaimed by Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner.

Two years in the planning and fundraising for the $3,000 needed for such a permanent tribute to the sacrifices which forged a family farm, the Thomas Miller Chapter, The National Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century celebrated with the Shields descendents, neighbors and friends during a Sunday afternoon historical marking.

The event came two years after society members met with Susan Ethridge Chaisson, president of Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, and first identified that a historic marker was needed.

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