Milky Way Farm began because of the vision of Frank Mars who purchased land in Tennessee in the 1930's after the success of his Milky Way candy bar. His farm employed hundreds of workers during extreme economic times in Giles County. Known for prize Herefords, fast horses, fine sheep, incredible barns and breathtaking views the farm is dear to many. Photos of the farm in its glory days can be seen at the Train Museum in charming Lynnville, Tennessee. The farm had its own railway stop to transport product and was one of the largest magnolia plantations of the South. Today the fine craftsmanship of all who worked on the property is evident in the architecture and design of the Manor House, the beautiful barns, stone houses, and rock walls. At this time, the property has over a thousand acres of green pastures with magnificent views of Middle Tennessee populated with herds of deer and flocks of wild turkey.  An elegant twenty-five thousand square foot manor house featuring twenty bedrooms and fourteen baths grace the property.

The Charles Jones family is honored for the opportunity to own the farm and to have a part in the revitalization of this Tennessee landmark. Charles Jones and daughter, Lynn Golden, oversee the property and are blessed with a great team with General Farm Manager, Bill Davis;  Property managers, Caleb and Shannon Goodrich; and Equestrian manager, Keith Jackson.   Currently, we are preparing 20 miles of trails for equestrian trail riding and hiking to be opening October 15th. We are preparing the barns, race track, and polo field for equestrian activities and gatherings. The floor of the lake is being prepped to once again hold water with plans to return to its 10 acre size.  We are reserving and hosting weddings and celebrations in the Manor House and grounds, and we are escorting group tours by appointment to visit the Manor House, barns, and outdoor chapel that Frank Mars had constructed for his resting place. We are hosting meetings and group luncheons around the historic 40 seat dining room table.

There is still much to be done at the farm. Our ideas are many and our list is long but we welcome your thoughts. Please feel free to call the business office at 615-297-0773 or e-mail Charles Jones at or Lynn Golden at to share an idea or schedule an event.

We sincerely want to be good stewards of this historic landmark- to use the farm for good and honor the God who created its beauty, to maintain the legacy of its founder by recapturing its glory days, and to re-ignite the pride and memory of those who have worked to make the farm a Tennessee treasure.

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