115 Fullam Drive, Hendersonville, NC (828) 891-2086

Our History


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 health.

The Fullam family moved to Mills River, in 1948. The dairy continued to improve the herd and production.

George Fullam with unidentified man and Jerseys

Recent History 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 and Friday.

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