Scottsburg family fulfills dream of opening animal farm to public

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- An animal farm is now open in southern Indiana. After at least a decade, the owners' longtime dream to bring more animals and good to their small community is a reality.

Off a country road in Scottsburg, kids can be kids in the heat of summer.

"We have big dreams for it. Right now, if folks come here, it's very interactive with animals. They can pet, they can feed, they can hug," said Tammy Davis, one of the owners of Triple T Highland Farms.

Owners Tammy and Terry Davis are opening the property she grew up on to visitors.

"I've been around animals my whole life," Tammy said. "I've never for one moment not had animals around me. I love them. I've always said they're magic. They cross every barrier a human being can put up."

For the former Spanish teacher and DNR employee, it made sense. 

"I know that there are folks out there who never have a chance to pet a horse, or to feed a cow out of their hand or to just love on a baby goat," Tammy said. "Education and fun and just special memories."

However, making it a reality was a different story. "A long time ago, about eight or nine years ago. Then, with the economy kind of tanking like it did, we thought we may never get to it."

More than a year ago, a good friend helped them. 

"He said, 'I'll partner in with you and let's see if we can make this happen' and so, we have Tammy, Terry and Tony, which is Triple T Farm."

Last weekend, the couple and their 60-plus farm animals officially opened for business.

"Our draft horses are Belgian, we have Alpacas from Peru, we have Scottish Highland cattle. So, we have a lot of different animals that originated in different places."

Interacting with the animals, horseback and covered wagon rides are just the beginning. The Davis family plans to add more animals and open a campground called Native Wonders, filled with teepees and storytelling.

"It's good that they can have a place to go and learn about the animals, not just see them and pet them, but they also get to learn the background of them," Miranda Hall said.

It's a dream come true for the Scottsburg natives and after all the bad news making headlines, they're helping their community create some good, lasting memories.   

"Every place, it doesn't matter where you go, there's going to be good things and there's going to be bad things," Davis said. "We want to show there's good things in Scott County there's good things in southern Indiana. We're here to give something to folks to concentrate on that's happy and fun." 

The farm is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's $10 for adults, $5 for kids and no charge for kids three and under. The owners ask visitors to leave their pets at home. To plan a visit, click here for more information.

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