The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life. – Sir Arthur Keith, Scottish anatomist and anthropologist
People rarely put together the fields of art and agriculture. But the farmer and pastoral settings have been the subject of many American artists, mostly notably the painting “American Gothic” by Grant Wood.
Here in South Carolina some folks in York County
are putting those two areas together again for the 2nd annual York County Ag+Art Tour
The free self-guided tour offers folks a chance to see where their food really comes from and to learn about local artisans along the way.
You can choose the sites you want to see online, pack your kids and your cooler (you will want to buy some fresh produce) and hit the road. You can pick up your tour passport at your first stop and get it stamped at each location you visit.
One of the stops this year will be Inman Farms
, which has roots in the community
dating back to the late 19th century when Claude and Cora Inman purchased 290 acres of the farm in 1893.
The original homestead still stands even as the farm grew to nearly 1,200 acres. The farm has produced cotton, peaches and grapes over the years. Today, the farm hosts a market for local growers and lets visitors glimpse into the past with guided tours, historic interpretations and wagon rides.
The Market at Inman Farms
is open and available for local farmers and artisans interested in selling local produce, arts, crafts and other handmade items. The market will be available through December. Facilities also are available for wedding, reunions and special events.
Long-term plans call for re-introducing the crops that once grew on the farm and educational programs for local schoolchildren.
Currently, Inman Farms and the Market at Inman Farms’ are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours are available by appointment. Historic interpretations and tenant house tours will be available for special events only. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
The Ag+Art Tour times are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. There are 20 stops on the tour, so you will want to visit the website
to map out your plan in advance.