Providing For the Generations...
The Six “Toms,” from left, Ed Moore, Lee Williams, Jack Walker, Buzz Korst, Terry Lee and Jerry McDaniel
(of Toms, Jakes and quite a few Hens)
“Friends are relatives you make for yourself”
There are six benches around the fire pit and six chairs around the outdoor kitchen table. Six rocking chairs are on the cabin porch and six coffee mugs, plus six glasses – each one with a turkey on it – are on the shelf.
Welcome to Six Toms Farm.
At times, the story behind this 295-acre tract in Grady County, Georgia sounds like the stuff of legends. And like all good tales of lore, it has something to teach us – about friendship, loyalty and commitment.
It all started when a group of men, who were in the early part of their careers and had young families, starting pooling their funds for investments. It was 1963 and they all committed $15 a month to be used to buy stocks and other assets, including – in the later years – a multi-family housing project.
Twenty years into the practice, they made perhaps the best investment of all. It never once paid a dividend, but all felt its value was beyond price. It was a recreational and hunting tract about 30 minutes from Tallahassee, Florida. They named it Six Toms Farm, emphasizing the game they found most abundant.
The “Doc” Owens Farm Story
Many of us dream of having our own parcel of rural property for recreational interests such as hunting, perhaps combined with timber for investment. Some of the more ambitious among us may hope to try our hand at living off the land – raising crops, tending livestock, or even some aquaculture interests.
These pursuits, of course, are for our own enjoyment or benefit. But we recently learned of a person who had similar dreams, yet he pursued it to help his fellow man.