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Also known as Guess Farms, this dairy farm in rural Denmark was founded by James Barre Guess, Jr. in the early twentieth century and operated by the Guess family for three generations. The farm raised Guernsey cattle by the Edisto River and was known for its “Golden Guernsey” milk. By the 1930s an Edisto Farms distribution center was operating in Columbia.

Guess Farm Denmark

Treva Thomas Hammond of Rock Hill, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Guess was known nationally for his talents at raising cattle and in 1953 was given the Master Farmer Award by the State of South Carolina and in 1958 recognized as one of the country’s outstanding dairymen by the American Guernsey Cattle Club. Edisto Farms was bought out by Coburg Dairy in 1969. (The former dairy farm should not be confused with a goat farm in Ridgeville, also named Edisto Farms.)

Guess Dairy Farm

Treva Thomas Hammond of Rock Hill, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Edisto Farms

Contributor Treva Thomas Hammond of Rock Hill tells us, “This is the scene that greets visitors as they enter the town of Denmark, South Carolina. The silos stand guard over the former Guess Dairy Farm.”

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Edisto Farms Info

Address: Carolina Highway, Denmark, SC 29042

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5 Comments about Edisto Farms

Eddie Hightower says:
January 19th, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Also, Beth Guess, isn't the small white building in the photo with the rust colored roof the old milk cooling building…if so…one of earliest memories of Denmark, before my daddy finally settled us in the town of his birth was the "milk cooling" building…one of his Cousins of the Johnson family would take him there. There was alway a tin cup in there where one could get a cupful of cold milk to drink on those long ago hot and humid Summer Days…what a wonderful and refreshing drink and wonderful Guess' Dairy memories…

Eddie Hightower says:
January 19th, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for your input, Beth Guess…Wasn't the "Son" in the title "SDM Guess & Son" actually James Barr Guess, Senior and the two of them were the founders of the Guess Dairy Farm in our beloved old hometown of Denmark, South Carolina…??? Just wondering…???

Eddie HightowerNo Gravatar says:
January 19th, 2016 at 8:41 am

Thanks, Beth Guess for your family history…

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 9th, 2015 at 9:18 am

Hi, Beth! Thank you for sharing! We love personal connections such as yours!

Beth Guess says:
February 9th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Hi Treva,
This is my immediate family. My great granddaddy also was in partnership with his father Samuel Daniel Medicus Guess as "SDM Guess & Son."
Beth Guess

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