Same Family, Same Farm, 200 Years

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NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) The McCrary family is a real example of Alabama pioneers farming the same acres of land for over 200 years.

Thomas R. McCrary turned 101 years old Thursday, he spent his birthday in the cab of a tractor, something he has done for much of his very long life.

The New Market family is a pillar in the community humbling farming the land for several generations. Thomas still drives his tractor and goes to work at 7 a.m. and usually does not get home until after five in the evening.

The original family settled in north Alabama 1809. Thomas and his daughter Rosemary are the only living members with the McCrary who carry the family name. 

The McCrary farm is the oldest in the state of Alabama and it is listed on the national register of historic places.

The family's amazing story has been turned into a book. "The Wondrous McCrarys" by Joseph M. Jones. Click here for information about how you can purchase a copy.