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Parkdale Farm in Big Island, Virginia was bought in 1886 by Martin C Parks. He had three children. His son, Samuel Robert Parks stayed on the farm and had three children himself. Samuel R. Parks Jr. [Bobby,} Douglas O. Parks, and Mary P. Markham. Bobby and Douglas built a 40 stall dairy barn in 1947 which is seen in this picture with the silo. They sold Grade A Milk from this barn until 1970 when they built a free stall barn with a double parlor on the road North of here. It was in operation until 1997 exactly 50 years to the month after starting. The original timber frame barn and cabin are shown standing in the center rear and near left.

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