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Gillis Hill Farm

Ok you film lovers its time for a quick history lesson! yes thats right we do History here at Darkroom Portraits, and who better to give you that lesson but the founders of Gillis Hill farm themselves! 

The following had been brought to you by the makers of the "right click" and by the ease of the "copy" and "paste" tools! (The following was copied from the Gillis Hill Farm History Page

The Gillis Family has lived and worked this farm for over 200 years. Our ancestors emigrated from Scotland in the late 1700s. They were part of the emigration from Scotland to America that began as a trickle in 1739 that ended up with the largest concentration of Highland Scots on the North American Continent.  

The story we have to share here is not one of any particular national or regional interest. We do not have any notable political or military leaders in the family. However, our story is one that is much more common and representative of the majority of American farm families in the history of this nation. It is one of ordinary people who through hard work, perseverance, and faith were able to move from being immigrants to becoming solid pillars in the communities that they helped build. As a new nation grew, it grew out of immigrant communities such as ours and has slowly been molded into what we now know as the United States of America.

Yes, our family was and is a part of the political, military, and social struggles of this country in small ways, but that is not the story here. Our story begins with the arrival of Malcolm Gillis. He, like most immigrants receiving a land grant, found himself with a piece of property covered with trees which naturally led him into the timber business. Sawmills and the turpentine business were soon thriving.  Over the generations, as land was cleared, the families farming interest increased. The family has moved from timber, to timber and farming, to predominatley farming today.

ok hopefully you read the above insert, if you did not... SHAME ON YOU! and read it again! ok now that your scolding is done and over with let me give you my take! For starters the Farm is beautiful! When they say it is a working farm, Gillis Hill Farm's means that! You can see the care and pride they put into their farm in every corner! If you ever get a chance I highly recommend you going out there for a visit, they even sell homemade ice cream there for you ice cream lovers! One last thing, they do charge $3 bucks to get in so please pay at the front office before making your way in. 

OH one more last last note: BRING MOSQUITO SPRAY!!!!!!!! You will need it, I was a victim of their vicious blood sucking straws they call mouths! 

ok now on to the photos!!!