Burgner Farm

 

Burgner Farm

Daniel E. Burgner & Charlotte G. Burgner
115 Birds Bridge Road
Greeneville, TN 37743
 Phone: (423) 639-2332

General Location:

Off I-81, East Tennessee.

 

Description:

In January 2005, the Center for Historic Preservation awarded the Burgner Farm its 100-year Century Farm Award.  The Center is located at Middle Tennessee State University  and recognizes the commitment of Tennessee residents who have owned and continuously kept in production a family farm for 100 years or more.

There are actually three levels of Century Farms awards: a 100-year award, a 150-year award, and a 200-year award.

Burgner Farm is located seven miles south of Greeneville on Birds Bridge Road on the Nolichucky River.  The farm was founded in 1900 by Daniel Edward Parman Burgner (1860 -1934) and Anna Kelley Burgner (1883 -1938).  Originally, the Burgner family harvested apples, and grew tobacco, hay and grain.  They also raised beef cattle, dairy cattle, hogs, sheep, poultry and draft horses.  Originally, the farm was 31 acres.

Herman Edward Burgner (1905 - 1977) and Goldene Fillers Burgner (1910 - 1996) expanded the farm to most of its current 200-acre size.

The grandson of the founders is Dan Burgner (1945 -) who acquired the property in 1996.  Dan, his wife Charlotte (1946 -) and one of his four children, Beth, live on the farm today.  The farm has 13 acres of wine grapes, 15 acres of alfalfa and 78 acres of native grass which is available for fee-hunting and horse hay.

The Burgner family sells wine grapes to several Tennessee wineries.  In addition, they sell table grapes locally.

The first wine grapes were planted in 1988 with two acres of Catawba.  Other Lubrusca and French-American hybrids have followed over the years.  There are just over 13 acres of vineyards in various stages of maturity.  The Burgners are slowly adding vinifera by grafting off about 50 each of five grape varieties.