1782: Benjamin Clements received a land grant for the land that is now Fariss Farms as a reward for his efforts during the American Revolution. During the Revolution Clements mined Salt-Peter from this land for the production of gunpowder, which the British had embargoed.
American Revolution Roots
Industrial Revolution Roots
1844: William Reason Tipton was born the eldest of 11 Children of William Tipton and Mary King. Standing at 5’- 6.5”, fair complexion, Auburn Hair, Blue Eyes.
1862: At the age of 18, WR Tipton joined the Confederate Army.
1862: WR Tipton spent 1 month in Chimborazo Hospital recovering from pneumonia.
1862: WR Tipton was shot in the arm at Drewry’s Bluff.
1865: WR Tipton was captured at the Battle of Five Forks and held Prisoner of War.
1865: WR Tipton was released June 20, 1865.
1881: WR Tipton Started Reed Island Iron Company. He mined iron from the hillsides, carried by mule drawn wagons to the New River to be barged to Radford, VA.
1882: WR Tipton Sold furnace to DP Graham and John Robinson, Tipton remains Superintendent.
1889: WR Tipton Sold 165 acres to DP Graham and John Robinson.
At the peak, the complex housed 63 tenant houses, 4 general stores, 1 post office, 1 hotel, 1 Iron manufacturer, 1 flour mill, 2 mines and 1 doctor.
The End of an Era.
1891: WR Tipton sold 37 Acre complex to DP Graham and John Robinson.
1891: WR Tipton Survived gunshot wound from employee William Jones.
1902: Reed Island Iron Company sold to George Carter’s Virginia Iron Coal and Coke.
1905: WR Tipton dies.
1906: Furnace Operation Closed.
A new start for the farm!
1990’s-2010: Restoration of Property
2010: Commercial Vineyard
2011: Fariss Farms LLC starts
2013-2015: Wine Grapes Sold Commercially
2016: Iron Heart Winery Opens