Galen and Eileen Benner first opened their home to guests in 1965. They had purchased the farm from Eileen's grandfather who had owned it since the 1920's. Originally a fruit orchard, they started farming tomatoes and beef and then moved to dairy. The farm was named Rocky Acre after spending many hours out in the fields picking up rocks.
The Benner's started the business with one bedroom and one bath and served both the morning and evening meals. As word spread of this new farm vacation, the Benner's added rooms. At one time 4 families shared one bath.
Eileen's instinct for the hospitality business proved profitable by meeting the guests and the B&B industry's expectations. She expanded so each bedroom had its own bath, provided air conditioning, updated from double to queen and king beds, and continues to make renovations and improvements each year.
Galen and Eileen have four sons, two daughters and fifteen grandchildren. Their son Arlin and his wife Deborah own Yippee Farms and operate the dairy at Rocky Acre. Their daughter Holly has joined them in the managing of the Bed & Breakfast. Holly takes care of the reservations and marketing of the B&B. She and her family can also be found helping as needed with the daily activities to ensure you have a wonderful and memorable time at Rocky Acre. Their son Dean and grandson Tyler keep up with the lawn care and maintenance around the farm. Their other sons and daughter live in the area and visit often.
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