In 1995, Ginnie Tate, aka 'the Goat Lady', her brother Steve and his wife Lee opened Goat Lady Dairy. They started with an abandoned 40 acre tobacco farm, a 200 year old log house, and 2 Nubian goats. The team restored the house and added a dairy barn with a milking parlor, goat loafing barn, dining room and a cheese making room. From the beginning, Goat Lady Dairy's dream was to connect urban dwellers with the land and goats through hand-crafted cheese.
As close neighbors, Bobby and Carrie Bradds saw the development of Goat Lady Dairy. They lent their farming expertise to construct the goat barn, the creamery, a kitchen, and a multipurpose dining room for farm events. After working on the farm for 20 years, the Bradds bought the farm when Steve and Lee retired in 2017. The Bradds currently milk 350 goats and hope to increase to 500, while maintaining partnerships with 3 other local family farms for goat and cow’s milk.
In 2003, Goat Lady collaborated with the Piedmont Land Conservancy to place the farm under a conservation easement, so the land will always be used for agricultural purposes. Goat Lady has won several national awards for their cheeses from the American Cheese Society, and they continue to impress cheese-lovers with their fresh and aged cheeses.