Polk County

Polk County Map

This map is intended for general geographical understanding. It does not provide the specific locations of the farms in order to protect the owners’ privacy. Map Courtesy of Carole Swann, Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Polk County is located on the southeastern corner of Tennessee and is bordered by North Carolina and Georgia. The county was established in 1839 and named in honor of Governor and President James K. Polk and the county seat is Benton. One of the prominent industries in the history of the county has been copper mining that was first discovered at Ducktown in 1843. As a result of the copper mining, vegetation was killed for miles near the sites and left the landscape open to erosion. In addition to copper mining, the county has three hydroelectric plants on the Ocoee River and one on the Hiwassee River that are operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. For more information regarding Polk County, please go to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture website.

Farm NameCountyDate FoundedSpecial Recognition
Boyd Farm Polk 1838
Carter Farms Polk 1875
Lillard's Branch Farm Polk 1839
Lindner Farm Polk 1867
Presswood-Cheek Farm Polk 1865
Rogers Farm Polk 1861
Taylors' Farm Polk 1839
Webb Brothers Farm Polk 1880
Willis Springs Farm Polk 1871