Legacy of Fullam Dairy
As told by Fred Fullam
George and Ellen
C. Fullam had the first dairy on the Biltmore Estate to produce milk for
the Estate and guests. In 1911, George and Ellen bought a farm in Avery's
Creek and sold the first milk produced off the Estate when Biltmore began
selling to the public.
Fred Fullam, one
of George and Ellen's sons, married Bonnie Greenwood and leased a dairy
on the Biltmore Estate, where Biltmore Square Mall now sits. Four of their
six children were born on this farm, including Donald.
In 1939, Fred and
Bonnie purchased a farm in the Leicester Community of Buncombe County.
They farmed there until moving to the Sand Hill-Enka area in 1944. Donald
had much responsibility in the dairy at a young age due to his father's
The Fullam family
moved to Mills River, in 1948. The dairy continued to improve the herd
George Fullam with unidentified man and Jerseys
of Fullam Dairy & Creamery
In 1956, Donald married
Willie Holden, daughter of William and Stella Faye Holden who also farmed
in the Horse Shoe Community.
Don and Willie have
four sons and one daughter (Steve, Gary, Darryl, Matthew & Lynnette).
All the children had responsibilities on the farm. The farm expanded in
1986 with the purchase of a farm on Pleasant Grove Road in Etowah. Two
of the sons, Steve and Darryl, became partners in the farm at this time.
The dairy operation was moved to the Etowah facility but the farm in Mills
River continues to serve as grazing and crop pastures.
The farm expanded
again in May, 2005 with the addition of a dairy processing facility. Lynnette
Fullam Raines and Claret Quint Fullam manage the processing facility.
Claret is married to Gary Fullam. The processing facility is called Fullam
Creamery and is located on the farm in Etowah.
Products are sold
to wholesale customers such as restaurants, corner markets and distributors.
Retail sales began from the on-farm store July, 2005. The store continues
to operate on Friday and Saturday. A viewing window makes it possible
for customers to see where the cheese is made. Production days are typically
Monday and Tuesday. Deliveries are made to wholesale customers on Wednesday