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Charlotte Observer Series Features Steele Creek Dairy Farm

(March 17, 2002) Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson began a new weekly series today. He plans to visit each of the 29 ZIP Codes in Mecklenburg County and write a column on life inside its boundaries.

The first column is about ZIP Code 28273, which covers the eastern half of the Steele Creek community. Tomlinson profiles the Grier family farm, which has been in operation at the same location on Brown-Grier Road since before 1780.

The Grier farm is one of only four dairy farms still operating in Mecklenburg County. Cows graze in pastures located on both sides of Brown-Grier Road and pass between them through the culvert that Steele Creek itself flows through under the road.

The Grier family continues on while neighboring farms are converted into subdivisions and the once rural roads become clogged with traffic. Change is coming rapidly to Steele Creek, but this one remnant of area history remains.

Use this link to the Charlotte Observer web site to read the full column.

See also Keeping farm, family legacy alive (7/13/08) By David Perlmutt - Grier dairy farm in Steele Creek is one of last remaining in Mecklenburg County - Video: Morning Milking