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Aerial of the Jake Shellabarger homestead Aerial of the Jake Shellabarger homestead

Just across I-675 on the north side of the road is the home at 4308 Kemp Road recently known as Frank’s Fruit Farm. This property, which used to extend all the way east to Spinning Road, was a large-scale dairy farm owned by Jake Shellabarger (1857-1942), the namesake of nearby Shellabarger Park. Jake purchased the home and 93 acres from Jonathan Harshman.

Most small farms had dairy cows to provide milk for the families, but lacked the capacity to process and market dairy products.  Often, they'd sell their excess to larger local dairy operations, like the Shellabarger Dairy, to be processed, packaged and sold.

At the point where Kemp Road dips the lowest, glance to your right. The red barn with the black roof was the winter home of circus animals that performed at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and throughout the Midwest!  Note the taller opening for the elephants.

Please turn around at the top of the hill by turning left onto Entrada Drive, former location of the Saville home, and then returning east on Kemp Road.

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