The Sweezy Farm, located in Clay County, has been designated as a Tennessee Century Farm. The Century Farms Program recognizes the contributions of Tennessee residents who have owned and kept family land in continuous production for at least 100 years.
While more than half of the certified Century Farms have remained in the family because of one or more generations of women owners. A small percentage of farms, however, were actually founded by women. Using her inheritance, Isabelle Catherine Sweezy purchased ninety acres in the Oak Grove community in 1911 for $300.00. She and her husband, John E. Sweezy were the parents of Mattie Bell and Newton Smith. The family grew vegetables and grains for their table and to feed their livestock and poultry while tobacco was the primary cash crop.
Newton Smith Sweezy acquired the farm next and increased its holdings by 100 acres. His and his wife, Della, were the parents of sons Elzie L. and Lloyd A. who each acquired a portion of the farm.
Lloyd farmed approximately fifty acres with his wife Chloe Spear Sweezy until his death in 1970 while Chloe lived until 1999. The owners of the farm today are Lloyd R. Sweezy, Edward and Joan Sweezy, and Frank and Peggy Fox Sweezy. Father and son, Edward and Raymond Sweezy work about fifty acres raising cattle and hay.