Genealogy has become a lucrative global enterprise as families seek roots that anchor and ties that bind. In Indiana, those roots often were first planted in farmland and have continued to grow and flourish throughout subsequent generations.
These rural ancestral ties most often include not just land, but also historic structures: farm homes that harbored generations of families, and barns that once dotted Hoosier landscapes.
It was both the land and historic buildings that drew Tim and Beth Sheets to the 120 acre Flora farm on which she grew up. It is pride, heritage and now a herd of alpacas - that make them stay.
"We came up with the name, Heritage Farm, based on both our families' agricultural roots and the historic buildings," says Tim, referring to the brick, Federal-style 150-year-old farmhouse, 1904 gambrel barn and 1850s hand-hewn log cabin relocated from a neighboring farm. "We just appreciate Indiana's heritage and our own family heritage in farming, and we like to tell people about that. It's very important to us. Read more -->