Governor Larry Hogan honored six Maryland farm families during the 2020 Century Farm ceremony at the State House on January 27, 2020. Among the farms honored was White Hall Farm in Dunkirk, which was recognized as a bicentennial farm.
Below is a profile of White Hall Farm from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. In addition to the Calvert County farm, five other Century Farms were honored:
- Chafey Farm; Marion Station, Somerset County; est. 1919
- Evergreen Heritage Center; Mount Savage, Allegany County; est. 1869
- Jeptha Hayman Farm; Westover, Somerset County; est. 1834
- Poplar Springs Farm; La Plata, Charles County, est. 1914
- The Wil-Low-S at Lowe Point; Pylesville, Harford County, est. 1902
White Hall Farm (Dunkirk, Calvert County)
Currently owned and operated by Tiffany and Todd Durbin, this Bicentennial Farm has been in the family since 1801 when it was originally purchased by Thomas W.B. Smith. Mr. Smith was the founder of Smithsville, Maryland, now known as Dunkirk.
The original farm covered more than 168 acres and is currently 75 acres. Information related to the origins of the land is unclear due to the loss of records when the Calvert County courthouse burnt down in 1882.
White Hall Farm hosted the first ever Calvert County Fair on its grounds in 1886. The farmhouse was built in 1801, and is being awarded the Century Farm Historic Structures Award. Additionally, there is one tobacco barn on the property that is still standing in its original structure, and two more tobacco barns that were built in 1900.
Throughout its 200-year history, White Hall Farm has grown tobacco and raised cows, horses, chickens, and goats. The farm currently grows poultry, corn and soybeans.
Todd Durbin is a veteran of the U.S. Army and participates in the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Maryland’s Best Homegrown By Heroes program.