The Babelay farm dates back to the Revolutionary War of 1780 and was obtained by land grants that were given to the 1,000 young men from the Rockbridge County, Virginia area who joined the “Overmountain Boys” to fight in the Battle of King’s Mountain. The Babelay family arrived from Switzerland to the area in 1888 and opened the Babelay Greenhouses, which has been in business since those early years.
In 1912 Vincent Babelay Jr. married Cleo Adair, who was the daughter of John P. Adair and Sarah E. Damewood. Vincent and Cleo had a son and named him John Paul Babelay. The Adair farm, which is referred to as “McDonald” by the family, is the original farm containing 87.5 acres and is accessed by a private, peaceful easement off of Washington Pike. As land that adjoined the Adair farm became available during the 1950’s, John Paul was able to purchase certain tracts of land with the idea of forming one large farm.
From the 1950’s to the 1990’s, the Babelay family created a unique homesite in Knox County that has now become a piece of history, with 189+ acres of contiguous land.
Washington Pike, which borders the farm to the east, was built in 1802 to reach Washington Presbyterian Church, where many of the original settlers are now buried. It is believed the church was named after George Washington’s wife, Martha, who died that same year. House Mountain, which is visible from many sites on the farm, was named by Isaac Anderson who was the pastor of Washington Presbyterian Church and founder of Maryville College.
The Babelay family has been fortunate enough to create generations of memories from this unique land tract. The land was home to horses, cattle and even had its own hog farm. The Babelay men built the silos that are still standing today as well as the barns, tenant houses, fencing and a unique saw mill where many hours were spent cutting timber.
The family has decided that it is time to provide the opportunity to allow a new family to enjoy everything this beautiful landscape has to offer. From the rolling hills and miles of pasture, to the peace and solitude that comes with the sound of the flowing creeks, there is surely something here for everyone.
Furrow-Strickland Real Estate Services is proud to offer – for the first time ever – 189+ acres of the Babelay farm.
- Over 189 acres of contiguous land
- 3 tracts ranging from 34 to 87 acres each
- Zoned Agricultural
- All utilities available
- Road frontage on 3 different roads
- Close to schools, shopping, interstate
- Rural feel with city amenities
- Near Three Ridges Golf Course
- Pond and creek on property
- Will sell in tracts or as a whole
- Owned by the Babelay family for generations
- Partially wooded, balance in pasture
- Mostly level land, lays well