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Jarman Farm/ Penuel Farm

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Located on 9499 Route 2 Cainsville Pike in Lascassas, the Jarman farm was built between 1850-1860 by Robert Hall Jarman (1822-1884) and Christina Jones Jarman (1829-?). Robert was a successful farmer.

After Robert died, his son, Rufus Enoch Jarman (1850-1936) and wife Elizabeth Alvira Baird Jarman (1851-1934) inherited the property and 400 acres. Rufus helped build the Lascassas School and the local Baptist Church (in 1922). Elizabeth was a member of the Baird family on whose farm land Middle Tennessee State Univ. (MTSU) was established. Another family member was Alice Jarman Penuel. In 1952, Alice was offered a job with Martha White Foods by Cohen Williams and moved back to her husband’s family property in Lascassas. Williams had a self-rising flour and cornmeal product that he needed to show to a large customer base. Alice became the first director of test kitchens with Martha White. It evolved into cooking demonstrations across Tennessee showing recipes producing pancakes, waffles, dumplings, cobblers, and cakes. By the 1960s, because of radio shows which included her presence, Alice had become known as Miss Martha White in the region.

In 1987, the farm with 15 acres was owned by Robert’s great-granddaughter, Alice Jarman Penuel (1918-2006) and her husband James “Jack” Dewey Penuel.

In 2022, an equestrian company, Maplewood Stables, operates from the Jarman/ Penuel farm site. The owners are listed as Craig Light and Rick Garman. The music and food festival Pattypalooza is also hosted there. NRHP 1987

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