Polk retired school personnel meet at Historic Johnson Farm in Henderson County

Published 4:59 pm Tuesday, July 23, 2013


The Historic Johnson Farm in Henderson County. (photo by Judy Banks)

Historic Johnson Farm is a heritage education center owned by Henderson County Public Schools. It is managed by volunteers and Friends of the Farm through the Henderson County Education Foundation Inc.

It offers school field trips, animals, tours, nature trails, picnic tables and 10 historic structures on 15 acres of forest, fields and streams. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a North Carolina Cultural Treasure.  Only three school systems in the United States own a farm.

Polk members enjoyed a tour of the 19th century farmhouse built with bricks from the nearby French Broad River. A visit inside the boarding house annex revealed a group of students working with volunteers of the Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists.

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Following the tour, the group enjoyed a delicious luncheon at The Blackberry Café.

NCRSP gives retired school personnel the opportunity to stay professionally and socially engaged with colleagues through your a unit’s activities, districts and state conventions and workshops. Membership is open to retired personnel including support staff, maintenance, teacher assistants, teachers and administrators.

The next gathering of Retired School Personnel will be at Scoops ‘n More in Columbus for an ice cream social on Monday, Aug.  12 at 2 p.m. If you are interested in joining our group, please RSVP 828-817-1960 or 828-894-8705.

– article submitted by Judy Banks