The Farm at Davidson College has a rich history that began long before the college owned the property. The McIntosh family bought the 108 acres on which the farm is situated in 1945. They originally lived in a log cabin and operated a sawmill in addition to growing fields of cotton, corn, and beans. The four sons Robert, Richard, Raymond, and Rueben built the house that still stands at the farm in 1956 with their father, Henry Oliver. The farm was a family operation. They plowed with draft horses and worked together picking beans, shucking corn, and chopping wood. As time went on, the McIntosh family stopped growing crops commercially but instead raised cattle and grew produce to feed the family.
Davidson College bought the McIntosh farm in 2008, the same year Mabel, the family matriarch, passed away. As part of the sale, each of the four sons kept three acres of their family land. The Farm at Davidson College keeps this historical farmland in production and protects the land from development. Today, the property on Grey Road has a new purpose of educating Davidson students and providing healthy, fresh food to the college community. Its farmers, however, continue the McIntosh family legacy as they cultivate growth from the fields that once fed the McIntosh children and now feed the Davidson College family.
On Earth Day in 2013 Theresa and the McIntosh family planted a McIntosh apple tree in the farm’s orchard together. It reminds visitors of the continued presence of the McIntosh family in the community and recognizes the important work that they began in 1945 and continues today under Davidson College.