Tanglewood Landing is a 600-acre farm owned by Jason and Carrie Hall, who also reside on the farm.
Cotton was once king on this large farm formerly owned by Jason's grandfather, Tate McGehee. After World War II ended, Jason's father, Buddy, who had grown up in the area, returned to his home state and went to work for Mr. McGehee. He eventually purchased some of the farm and worked it to make a living. As time went on, Buddy fell in love with and married Mr. McGehee's daughter, Frankie. He always laughed and said he paid for the farm twice - once with his money and then again by marrying Tate's daughter!
When cotton gins began shutting down, Buddy abandoned cotton farming, became a steel worker and started raising cattle as a hobby. After both Tate and his wife passed away, the farm became the property of Buddy and Frankie. Tate's wife had been a wise woman and after his death, she had much of the acreage planted in pine trees. Even as a boy, Jason remembers the timber, cattle and pasture land that were always there. As trees needed thinned, Jason and his brother cut pulpwood from the farm for gas money. This is where Jason developed his interest in timber and land management, which he still does for a living today.
Even as a boy, Jason always felt he would one day build a home on the property that had once belonged to his father and grandfather. There was a patch of timber on a hill with pasture land all around it and he knew that was the perfect site for him!
One day he was cruising timber in Rison, Arkansas, and noticed a pretty young lady leaving her home. He asked around to find out who she was and the rest is history! Jason had found the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with and decided it was time to build that house. They built a home on the hill and were married in 2005.
Jason's dad retired and the two became more active in raising cattle. His sister and brother-in-law lived up the road and became involved, also. The men began putting up new fences and expanding the area that would house cattle. However, in 2012, Jason's father passed away from a massive heart attack while working there on the farm one day. The other two men decided to continue with the cattle operation so they purchased more cattle and began a new barn.
But as things sometimes happen, Jason's brother-in-law became ill and passed away leaving Jason alone with the cattle business. After his brother-in-law's passing, the timing just wasn't right for Jason to try to make it on his own at cattle so he basically had no choice but to sell the cattle and continue with his regular job. He auctioned the farm's equipment, built a lake on the property and finished the barn.
Knowing that a lot is required to care for a farm of that size - more than one has from an everyday job - he began considering something his niece had once mentioned. She had wanted to get married in the barn but at that time, it had mud floors, no bathrooms and was a working cattle barn so she married at another venue. So Jason's family went to work and poured floors, built bathrooms, dressing rooms, a food line and a kitchen area. He also gathered up farm-related tools and items from the farm's barns and outbuildings. All the tools and items on display within the barn are actually from their family farm; they aren't purchased antiques. All the items that were there back in the day are now there in one place. The barn and its contents are the family's and farm's history.
Jason still spends his weekends, early mornings and late afternoons working on the farm. He and Carrie have three children. Their boys helped in the building of the barn and they also help with the mowing and upkeep today. When deciding what the barn's setup would be, Carrie provided the necessary woman's perspective!
The farm is still a family operation and it's still the family farm where Jason and his brother and sisters not only grew up but still come to hunt, fish and enjoy each other's company.