The term field trip certainly lives up to its name at Gentry’s Farm. The Franklin farm educates elementary students each fall about agriculture and history by exploring farm traditions.
From the last weekend of September through October, the farm is open to the public on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sundays (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Mondays in October (9 a.m. to noon). Because it has a school group focus, Gentry’s Farm is geared toward a younger audience and offers hayrides, farm animals, tire swings, barn activities, a nature trail, a corn maze, and other fun things to do.
Supply doesn’t last long in the farm’s pick-your-own pumpkin patch, but the pumpkin tent provides an alternative. Pumpkins vary in price and size, with the smaller and cheaper ones coming from the 25-acre patch. In addition to pumpkins, you can choose from a variety of gourds grown on the farm.
Picnics are restricted to the farm’s parking area, but popcorn, baked goods and drinks are for sale at the concession stand inside the activities area.
On weekdays in October, Gentry’s Farm hosts school field trips where kids enjoy a “crazy maze,” activity centers and a pumpkin patch hayride to retrieve their own pumpkins.
Purchased by Samuel Fielding Glass in 1849, the Gentry Farm has been in Rebecca Gentry’s family for more than 150 years. The land was originally used to raise cotton and dairy cows. Today, pumpkins, winter wheat, soybeans and corn join beef cattle on the nearly 400-acre farm.
Gentry’s Farm is located off New Highway 96 West, about 4 miles from the Franklin Square.