Historic Johnson Farm is a fine example of a late 19th and early 20th century farm & tourist retreat. The entire structure was handmade from bricks that were fired on site from French Broad River mud. The Johnson Farm was the home of a wealthy tobacco farmer, Oliver Moss. Construction of the elegant home, smokehouse, and granary began in 1876 and was completed in 1880. Over the years many outbuildings were constructed, including a tool shed/blacksmith shop, barn, boarding house, and a cottage.
In 1987 the Johnson brothers willed their farm and personal possessions to the Henderson County Board of Public Education. It was Vernon and Leander’s wish that the property become a hands-on museum, a lasting example of a typical mountain farm through which students could explore their heritage. Today the property includes the 1880's home, a barnloft museum, 10 historic buildings, animals, nature trails, and 15 acres of fields, forest and streams. The renovated 1920 Boarding House is home to the
Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists. The farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Open Tuesday - Friday from September - May & Monday - Thursday from June - August . Tours are at 10:30 am, $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12, and preschoolers are free. For additional information call (828) 891-6585 or go to the website for the daily schedule.
The farm is located at 3346 Haywood Road, across from Rugby Middle School. Admission charged. www.hendersoncountypublicschoolsnc.org/johnson-farm