Centennial Farms

199 Jackson Street
Augusta, MO 63332


History of Centennial Farms:

Centennial Farms has been in operation since 1821, the same year Missouri became a state. The farm has been owned by our family since 1854. The farm was established by Leonard Harold, a settler from Virginia, who purchased over 300 acres of government land along the Missouri River in St. Charles county. President James Monroe signed the document granting him the land.

Harold grew tobacco and other crops on his farm. Since his land bordered the Missouri River and there was an excellent boat landing he realized it would be a good place for a town. He laid out the first streets and lots of the town of Mount Pleasant, later to be renamed Augusta, on part of his farm in 1836.

In 1854 the farm was sold to Christian Knoernschild who had recently come from Bavaria. He made several additions to Augusta and continued to raise grain, livestock, and grapes on the remaining farm land. He was one of the founders of the Augusta Wine Company.

A flood changed the course of the Missouri River in the late 1800’s. Augusta no longer had a boat landing but now the town owned several hundred acres of bottom land. An additional 100 acres was added to the Knoernschild farm.

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