WILMINGTON-A landmark Vermont family farm-known as the Adams Family Farm-is closing on Halloween, Oct. 31, after 144 years in business. The historic farm opened a week before the end of the Civil War, and just a few weeks prior to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Located in Wilmington, Vt., the farm's current owners reported that they can no longer maintain the farm as a profitable agri business. The farm relied on tourists since the 1990s.
Jill Adams-Mancivalano and her husband currently operate the farm which was first opened to tourists in 1993. Because of the historic nature of the farm, the Adams Family Farm attracted more than 20,000 tourists a year.
Vermont's oldest existing dairy farm, the Hurlburt Farm located in New Haven, was opened in 1801. It is threatened by foreclosure due to excessive back taxes.
Adams-Mancivalano said 2009's wet and cool summer season, plus the depressed national economy, was the final nail in the 19th-century Adams Family Farm's coffin.
The Adams Family Farm operated as a large dairy farm from 1865 until the 1980s, when the family opted to participate in a buyout program.
Adams-Mancivalano is a respected leader in Vermont's agricultural business. Despite the news of her family's farm closing, she will remain an active promoter of agritourism in the state.