8602 U.S. Hwy 19
Baconton, GA 31716
At Vann Farms, we grow and harvest hundreds of acres of traditional row crops. Depending on the time of year, a visitor might see us planting, cultivating, and/or harvesting peanuts, corn, and/or cotton as well as planting, grafting, budding, and/or pruning trees in our nursery. Our tree nursery is visible from Highway 19. An attractive four board wooden fence provides a buffer between our farm and the highway.
Vann Farms is a third generation family owned and operated business. During the fall harvest you will find us gathering peanuts, pecans, corn, and cotton, and as well as tending to our pecan nursery.
Scott Vann and Staci Vann have two children: a son, Frank Vann, and a daughter, Robby Vann. Both are heavily involved in sports and family activities.
FOR 3 GENERATIONS THE VANN'S HAVE BUILT VANN FARMS IN BACONTON, GA. We Offer quality PECAN Nursery trees, pecans, COTTON, CORN, PEANUTS, AND MORE!
THE HISTORY OF PECANS IN BACONTON GA
The parent trees of the pecan industry in GA stand in Baconton. In 1880, a barrel of pecans was shipped by an aunt to her nieces at their home in Baconton. The little girls planted the nuts in their vegetable garden and within a few years the young trees bore nuts of superior quality. The shells were thin and could be cracked by hand; hence, the cultivated pecans when propagated were called “Georgia Paper Shell Pecans.” There was something in the climate and soil that produced this pecan of excellent flavor. The pecans harvested from these parent trees were soon planted in the first planted pecan grove in Georgia. G.M. Bacon’s- the man for whom Baconton is named after- scientific methods have been devised in developing the wild pecan into the cultivated nut in this rich Flint River bottom soil. It was here that experiments with many varieties for propagation were tested and only the choicest retained nuts from his groves were awarded diplomas and medals.
Baconton quickly became the heart of the district of cultivated pecans. In 1905, the industry began an expansion program with the planting of thousands of acres of pecans and the development of improved varieties. In 1919, Bacon began the operation of a pecan shelling plant in Baconton, GA, it was one of four plants of this type in the United States. The plant installed electric driver cracking machines and graters. The pecans were cracked in such a manner as to take the meat out whole. Shipments were in almost every section of the United States, from Miami to Seattle. Later another storage plant with a capacity to hold 200,000 exclusively for pecans was added. More than twenty improved varieties of pecans have been found growing in the vicinity of Baconton. Some have lasted through the years while other have not.