Mile 48 Hour Run, Marietta, South Carolina
31 - April 2, 2023
Friday at 1800 at Beechwood Farms, 204 Bates Bridge Rd, Marietta,
Beechwood Family Farm has invited us to host one of the biggest
Ultra Running Festivals in the state of South Carolina. We are
proud to bring all of our favorite runners to this little farm
in the Upstate of South Carolina. This will be a festival of
races with a focus on getting you across the finish line of
your first or fastest 100 mile finish! And you have 48 hours
of fun filled frolicking with friends!
History of the Farm:: Eva "Elizabeth" Guest and Billy
Ledford graduated from Slater-Marietta High School in the spring
of 1961. They married shortly thereafter on November 21, 1961.
They both got jobs (Billy at Slater Mill and Elizabeth at Stone
Manufacturing Plant) in order to support themselves. Elizabeth
decided to pursue nursing, so she attended classes at the Greenville
School of Nursing. About that time, Billy decided that sleeping
was not all that productive. So, he worked the third shift at
JP Stevens' Slater Plant in Marietta and started farming in
the daytime. That was the spring of 1963. Elizabeth graduated
as a Licensed Practical Nurse in December of 1963. She began
working as a nurse as well as helping with the farming ventures.
They began growing 50 acres of field corn on rented land near
the North Saluda River.
In just two miraculous years, the Ledfords' farming ventures
grew to 300 acres. After much hard work and strict saving, the
Ledfords were able to purchase 136 acres of rental land, including
a house, when they became available in 1967. Within three years,
Billy diversified and added pole beans. His sister, Judy Best
also joined the operation. All the while the farm was growing,
the Ledford family grew some, too. A daughter, Donna, was first,
then Brian. In 1973 the Ledfords bought another 123 acres in
Marietta - this being the beginning of the location of today's
Beechwood Farms. That same year, a second son, Brad, was born.
When the U-Pick operation of pole-beans, tomatoes, and half-runners
started in 1979, the reputation of the family farm really began
to spread. In the 80's, a roadside market was built to serve
the community in addition to a sizeable greenhouse that would
allow the farm to produce vegetables earlier in the season.
Today, Beechwood Farms is known for fresh, quality produce that
includes (but is not limited to) strawberries, polebeans, sweet
corn, tomatoes, squash, bell peppers, and eggplant. Locally-grown,
high-quality vegetables can be purchased at Beechwood's Certified
Roadside Market from May through the end of October. Beechwood
produce can also be found at local restaurants, farmer's markets,
and large-scale grocery chains such as Ingle's Supermarkets.