With the changing of the leaves and a chill in the air comes a new tradition that is becoming increasingly popular here in Franklin. Picking pumpkins is no longer about making a quick trip to the corner stand or grocery store. Going straight to the source with a visit to the pumpkin patch is giving families the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together. There are several pumpkin patches within driving distance of Franklin, but Gentry's Farm is the local favorite and one of the most popular. The farm, located off Highway 96, is nearly 400 acres of farmland that has been owned and operated by seven generations of the Gentry family for more than 165 years.
Although it is still a working farm that raises beef cattle and offers educational programs to school-age children, much of its seasonal focus is on the pumpkin patch. This year's activities include three different corn mazes, nature trails, a river walk, farm animal encounters, and numerous games and activities for the kids. One of the most popular attractions is a wagon ride that takes you past the three historic homes located on the property, and there are numerous locations set up through the farm that serve as the perfect backdrop for a fall family photo.
Gentry's Farm is open to the public on weekends Sept. 29-Oct. 29. There is no cost to visit the pumpkin patch, but there is an admission fee of $8 to enter the farm and activity area.
1974 Highway 96 West, Franklin, Tennessee, 615.794.4368, GentryFarm.com