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This profile was last updated on 5/5/06  and contains information from public web pages.

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Phone: (615) ***-****  HQ Phone
Gentry's Farm
1974 Hwy 96 West
Franklin , Tennessee 37064
United States

Company Description: Gentry's Farm is a historic working farm is located in Franklin, Tennessee.The farm has been owned by the same family for over 150 years. In recent years we have...   more
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Gentry raises another kind of bumper crop - Nashville, Tennessee - Friday, 05/05/06 - Tennessean.com
www.tennessean.com, 5 May 2006 [cached]
Gentry raises another kind of bumper crop
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FRANKLIN - Allen Gentry knows they're out there, probably collecting dust in a garage or covering a hole in an outhouse.
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But Gentry, 53, has found a way to make hunting for vintage plates a little easier, at least for himself.He's hosting a tag show and swap meet at his Franklin farm today and Saturday.He's hoping to bring in dealers, collectors and people who might just have what he's looking for.
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"I've got truck and farm plates from all 50 states," Gentry said."I'm changing them over to the year I was born - '52.It might take me 10 years, but I'll eventually do it."
Gentry, who manages the family-owned Gentry Farm on New Highway 96 West, said he got into collecting when he was looking for an authentic antique plate to put on the 1948 Chevy pickup truck he restored.He located a dealer who had a 1948 Tennessee plate and ended up buying plates from '48 to 1972.
Today, Gentry has about 200 plates.Nailed to gray, weathered wood, they make rustic decorations on barn walls and doors at his farm.
"Tennessee plates are among the most highly collected because they are in the shape of the state," Gentry said.
Tennessee plates were pressed into the trapezoid shape of the state from 1936-56.Plates issued in 1951 were painted orange, after the University of Tennessee's football team won the national championship.
"I bet Vandy fans hated it," Gentry said.
The oldest plate Gentry owns is from 1918.Some old and rare plates can be worth hundreds of dollars.Many are being sold on Web sites like eBay, or at swap meets across the country.Among the most sought-after plates is the 1915 Tennessee tag, which has sold for more than $1,000.
Gentry said he hasn't put too much money into his collection.He didn't want to give an exact amount, "because my wife might get mad."He said he spent around $300 to acquire plates from all 50 states.
"I do it mainly for the historic value," he said."When I look at a plate from 1942 I think, 'This could have been my dad's plate or somebody I knew.' There's a lot of nostalgia in collecting these."
Gentry is hoping to amass a collection of Williamson County plates that could be displayed at local libraries, schools or the county archives.
Gentry said he's hoping that people with old Williamson County plates might bring them to his show.He wants to include them in his collection and may offer to buy or borrow a plate he doesn't have.
Gentry is calling his plate show the Middle Tennessee Tag Show.He wants it to be an annual event.He's hoping to have dealers and collectors from across the region, plate restorers and people who want to buy, sell or just talk about plates.
EnlargeAllen Gentry says a search for a 1948 license plate for this '48 Chevy pickup got him started collecting old truck plate.He now displays them on his farm in Franklin.He will be hosting a tag/swap event there May 5 and 6. (STEVEN S. HARMAN / STAFF)
EnlargeAllen Gentry, stands in the doorway of a barn at his farm in Franklin Tuesday.
@Cookeville.com | News
www.cookeville.com, 2 Oct 2002 [cached]
Allen Gentry, pumpkin grower and owner of Gentry Farms in Franklin, said, "We had a great crop this year."Gentry knows that many of his pumpkins will brighten porches and peoples' spirits all through the fall.Still, the pumpkin farmer enjoys focusing instead on those first moments in the pumpkin patch when child meets pumpkin: that frantic rush through the vines to examine every pumpkin in the patch.Finally the child cries, "This is it!"and "as far as that child's concerned, that's the perfect pumpkin," said Gentry.
Gentry plays host to literally thousands of visitors each year who come to make pumpkin picking a school or family outing and to "take advantage of a wide array of activities for children and adults.
Welcome to the 4th Avenue Church of Christ
www.fourthavenuechurchfamily.org, 2 Aug 2008 [cached]
Allen Gentry , cindygentry@aol.com
Farm Tours
www.picktnproducts.org, 10 Nov 2003 [cached]
Allen Gentry1970 Hwy 96 West, Franklin, TN 37064Phone: 615-794-4368
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www.wcpnews.com, 9 Oct 2002 [cached]
Allen Gentry, pumpkin grower and owner of Gentry Farms in Franklin, said, "We had a great crop this year."Gentry knows that many of his pumpkins will brighten porches and peoples' spirits all through the fall.Still, the pumpkin farmer enjoys focusing instead on those first moments in the pumpkin patch when child meets pumpkin: that frantic rush through the vines to examine every pumpkin in the patch.Finally the child cries, "This is it!"and "as far as that child's concerned, that's the perfect pumpkin," said Gentry.Gentry plays host to literally thousands of visitors each year who come to make pumpkin picking a school or family outing and to "take advantage of a wide array of activities for children and adults.We offer varieties of pumpkins from half a pound to 100 lbs., and all sizes in between."
To take advantage of Tennessee's pumpkin crop, Trout recommends visiting a farmers market or an actual pumpkin farm."Find Tennessee pumpkins near you by visiting the TDA web site at www.picktnproducts.org."
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