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Milky Way Farm

Submitted by on June 30, 2013 – 8:53 amNo Comment

tennessee_pulaski_milkywayThat well-known candy manufacturer in Pennsylvania isn’t the only chocolate magnate to create a tourist attraction. Milky Way Farm, 520 Milky Way Road, Pulaski, Tennessee (map) now welcomes visitors.

The historic “chocolate estate” was built in the 1930?s by candy legend Frank Mars (his Milky Way candy bar was the #1 seller in the United States in 1929).

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on select Saturdays (or by appointment on other days), manor tours explore the 20 bedroom Tudor Clubhouse. Coming with a group? Tours can be combined with group luncheons around the historic 40 seat dining room table. Custom-made just for Mars, it measures 28 feet by 12 feet.

This Tennessee farm was once one of the largest magnolia plantations of the South and employed over 900 workers during the Depression. Milky Way Farm had prize Herefords, Holstein dairy cattle, gaited horses, mules, sheep, and thoroughbreds — and its own railway stop.

The historic race track was home to 1940 Kentucky Derby winner Gallahadion. Today the track hosts country boy horse races, horse shows and other events.

The Manor House, listed on the National Historic Registry, is a 25,000-square-foot Tudor Mansion with massive chestnut beams and stone from the farm’s own quarry. The historic property includes more than 1000 acres of green pastures populated with herds of deer and flocks of wild turkey, plus lakes, streams and trails.

(Photo courtesy of Milky Way Farm)

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