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About Stream Cliff Farm

The history of our family farm dates back to 1821 when James Harmon came to Indiana to live on the land his father received for serving in the Revolutionary War. Mr. Harmon remained a bachelor his entire life and built the old barn and the brick house. It took him seven years to bake the bricks for the house. While constructing his home, he lived in a hollow log and had pigs underneath the floor to help keep him warm. He was the resident when Morgan's Raiders came to the farm in July 11, 1863. We are on the original route of the General John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail. Mr. Harmon died shortly after Morgan's Raid and is buried nearby. Having no heirs, he left the farm to the Methodist Church and it was from the church my grandmother's family purchased it. My grandmother was a quilter and gardener and it is to her memory the quilt-shaped gardens are dedicated. Our business was started in the early years of mine and Gerald's marriage and we are pleased today that there have been seven generations who have lived on this farm. We are grateful to have Elizabeth and Greg, our adult children who are sharing in the responsibilities of this family owned and run business.

When you visit you will find hilly, limestone ground overlooking the beautiful Graham Creek. Many of the buildings are original; the Keeping Room Antiques was once the farm granary (circa 1868), the Cabin was once Grandpa's blacksmith shop and the Summer Kitchen is now a gift shop. Our Country Store was once a stable, Twigs & Sprigs Restaurant was a greenhouse and our Winery was Gerald's blacksmith shop. The newly renovated Chapel was once a corn crib. There are quilt-shaped gardens in the pattern of the Log Cabin, a Dresden Plate, a walled Grandmother's Fan and a Heart in a Square garden in the crucifix. A Sanctuary Garden is an outdoor church, there is a Bridal Garden, the Bluebird Arbor Trail and a Fairy Garden. We have been featured in a number of national magazines and have visitors come from across the country.

While in the area be sure to visit the recently restored 1887 James Covered bridge; it is truly beautiful and is a mile or so from the Farm.

Betty Manning




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