About Hickory Hill Milk

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The Dorn Family established at its current location in 1764, the start of a rich tradition of family and farming. Over fifty-years ago, long before anyone had ever heard of mega-farms or agri-corporations, Maysie and James Marvin started the dairy farm. It was then passed down to Jim and Marie Dorn who continued raising Holstein cows and producing milk with their sons Jim III, Watson, and Frank. Jim was so involved in the dairy industry that he served on the S.C. Dairy Commission and the National Dairy Board.

Today, Watson and Lisa, along with their children, Daniel and Courtney, work those same Edgefield County pastures. Jim and Marie continue to be active in the farming operations. Together, they bring you Hickory Hill Milk, an exciting new beginning for their family.

Hickory Hill Milk produces old-fashioned whole milk - the way Nature intended. Whole milk and chocolate milk are available for private sale on the farm. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Watson and Lisa Dorn at (803) 275-6141.

The Dorn Family - Written by Lisa Dorn

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I married my high school sweetheart. I married a man of integrity, ambition, compassion, and faith. As our fifteen-year-old son, Daniel, says, "My Daddy can get more accomplished than anyone I know. If my Daddy says he is going to do something, it will get done." He sets an example for our son that exudes hard work, integrity - his word is his bond, and fairness. He speaks softly, but he demands respect.

As a father to our daughter, Courtney, he is what every little girl's Daddy should be. She carries his heart in her hands, and he will protect her with all that he is. He compliments her, and lets her know how special that she is.

As his wife, I walk beside him, and I share his dreams. He is a man with broad shoulders and a tender heart. If he shares with you about something dear to his heart, he often cannot finish because he becomes overcome with emotion.

God brought us together when we were teenagers. We dated for six years, and we both graduated from Clemson University - Watson with an Agricultural Education degree and I with an Accounting degree.

When I first met Watson, he had a tremendous pride in his farm. His grandmother, Maysie Dorn, said that she knew that he thought a lot of me when she heard that he had taken me to see the barn. He continues to take me to see the barns and farms all over the country. On vacation, we often end up at other farms where he has learned many innovative practices that he continually brings home to our farm.

There was never any doubt that Watson would return home to work on the farm. It is his passion. He enjoys sharing the blessings that God has truly given to us. He is so excited about the opportunity to now share the product that he has devoted most of his life to producing with others.

Maysie Dorn

Maysie Dorn, Watson's grandmother, started the dairy business. She passed away almost 2 years ago at the age of 96, but she was quite an individual.

She was fiercely independent. She had the cutest giggle with bright eyes that always had a twinkle in them. You always wondered what she was thinking because her look was one of mischievousness.

All of the grandchildren called her Mama Dorn, and they all watched her go feed the calves each day. She started "stop, drop, and roll" before it became the slogan for elementary students learning about what to do in case of fire. Mama Dorn used to be walking along at quite a "chipper" pace, she would approach a fence, never slow down, hit the ground, roll, and pop up on the other side of the fence. She was doing this when she was around 70 years old.

What a tremendous legacy she left! She loved her family, her church, and her farm.

Jim and Marie Dorn

Jim and Marie Dorn continued the dairy operation after Maysie and were very successful. During his career, Jim has served on many different boards. In the dairy industry, he was a member of the SC Dairy Commission and also the National Dairy Board. Marie Dorn is the glue which holds the family together. With her gentle hand, she maintains the peace when silage season grows long and when the men are tired. She is also a great cook and often feeds many that she did not know previously would be there for lunch. It is all a part of being a farm wife, and she does it with grace and charm. Jim and Marie continue to play a vital role in the operation of the farm.

Articles

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February 5, 2010 - Aiken Standard, Got Dorn milk?
by Michael W. Gibbons
Cows don't take vacations. They don't take holidays. They don't take days off. And they certainly don't care about the weather. And no one knows this better than Watson Dorn. Read the entire story

June 24, 2009 - Index Journal, Cream Rises to Top
by St. Claire Donaghy
The family was on the way home from the grocery store, but when the dad saw the Hickory Hill Milk truck parked at a volunteer fire station, he remembered that he forgot to buy . . .Read the entire story

March 4, 2009 - Edgefield Advertiser, Udder Ly Delicious
by Jack Reece
What a gorgeous morning as I wheel my trusty steed along Meeting Street Road heading toward an appointment with Watson Dorn who shall, from this moment forward, be referred to as The Milk Man. A turn left onto the Atlanta Highway and . . .Read the entire story

Videos

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August 9, 2011 - ETV, Making it Grow

Rowland Alston talks with Watson Dorn about the advantages of locally produced dairy products and the unique production techniques that make Hickory Hill's Milk especially delicious.

February 2011 - ASTV, Living on the Go with Rachel Johnson

Join ASTV as they interview Watson Dorn of Hickory Hill Milk and tour the dairy to see what makes Hickory Hill's Milk so special.