Perdue Farms will open farmhouse for tours

Jim Perdue in front of the family homestead.

Perdue Farms will open the historic Perdue Family Farmhouse for public tours as part of the company’s celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2020.

The farmhouse, which is part of the company’s logo and located across the street from the corporate office of Perdue Farms in Salisbury, was built in 1917 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue.

Three years later, he and his wife, Pearl Parsons Perdue, began a small poultry operation on its grounds in 1920.

Their only child, son Franklin Parsons Perdue, was born in the home in May of that year.

“The farmhouse is a daily reminder to all of us at Perdue of the tenets of quality, integrity, hard work and trust upon which my grandfather built his business, and of our beginning as a family farm,” said company Chairman Jim Perdue.

The farmhouse underwent a restoration in 2007, revealing the original wood-side exterior, interior hardwood floors, woodwork and fireplaces. The work also uncovered a wood shingle hidden in one of the walls, signed and dated “September 1917” by Arthur Perdue.

In 2017, the Perdue family farmhouse was designated a Maryland Century Farm and included on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties.

The home retains its original floor plan and many original architectural features. Family photos, furnishings and memorabilia are on display throughout the home, along with some family narrated videos.

The farmhouse, located at 31050 Old Ocean City Road in Salisbury, will be open for scheduled tours on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. in 2020. For more information, call 410-543-3539.

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