The Still Family can trace our roots back hundreds of years, but it was John Willingham Moon who received the original 60 acres in Powder Springs in 1837 during one of the early land grants of Georgia right after the Trail of Tears. He moved here from Walton County with his first wife, Harriet Cole Moon, who bore him 11 children before she passed away. He then married Prudence Baggett Moon, who bore him six more children. As his stake prospered he acquired several more tracts until the Moon Plantation was well known on the area. One story says the Plantation grew to nearly 3,000 acres. John Willingham Moon is buried nearby on Moon Road.
John Willingham Moon
A portion of the land was passed down to one of John Willingham Moon's sons, Isaac (third from left). Isaac was a physician, and later a Primitive Baptist minister who served Cobb County in the lower house of the Georgia legislature from 1885-87. He had several children, one of whom was Telulah (second from right). Telulah married a man named W.T. Walden (third from right), and these families looked on during the Civil War as Atlanta burned and Confederate soldiers dug entrenchments on the land in an effort to impede Sherman's supply line. Much of the property was destroyed by Union soldiers during Sherman's march, but there is one pre-Civil War structure that remains on the farm.
The Isaac Moon Family
Clifford & Viola Still
With each new generation parcels were sold, uses changed, and the original farm decreased. In the early 1930s, Viola Walden Still, Talulah's granddaughter, and her husband Clifford inherited what was left of Grandpa Moon’s original farm, which was about 140 acres. Viola was a school teacher, and it is for her that Still Elementary, located nearby, is named.
Clifford and Viola worked and lived close to the land, and like the generations before them, left the land to their children William, Sarah, and Glenn. Glenn and his wife Marion continue to carry the role of steward, living on and adding tracts back to the boundaries of the farm. Looking forward, Sarah and Glenn’s children will continue to uphold the treasure of the family legacy.
The eighth generation is Glenn’s grandchildren who bring to the community the public face of Still Family Farm. Leslie Still Oubre is a landscape architect and serves as president of the farm. Jeffrey Still fills the role of vice president, and grew up driving tractors and baling hay while learning the nuances of the land. Stephanie Still Davis brings her marketing and event planning background to the team, while Patricia Still is a C.P.A. and handles the financial side. Many other family members bring their own set of skills and talents to balance out the needs of stewarding the land, and no gift or contribution is taken for granted.
And now, the ninth generation is growing up on the land, learning to drive the tractors, picking green beans in the gardens, splashing in the rain puddles, and catching crawdads in the same creek that Grandpa Moon's children played.