Historic 534-Acre Farm Donated to Murray State University

Aug 17, 2016

Murray State University is now home to an historic, 534-acre farm in Ballard County. Long-time district judge, attorney and farmer Jimmy Don Robinson has donated his farm, known as Eagle Rest Plantation, to benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture.

The donation is in honor and memory of Judge Robinson and his late wife Dr. Charlene Robinson. MSU Foundation President Bob Jackson says the plantation is valued at $2.6 million dollars and is “one of the largest gifts ever made to benefit the university and our agricultural programs.”

The farm was originally settled around 1845 and was recognized by National Cattleman’s Beef Association as one of the oldest cattle ranches in the United States under continuous family ownership. Robinson will continue to live in his home on the property.

Dean Tony Brannon says the gift is “institution-changing” and says it will continue to advance the school as a national leader in agricultural education and research.


Murray State President Bob Davies says the gift will also aid faculty and staff in research projects and hands-on educational experiences for students.


An event celebrating the gift will be held in Ballard County in the next few weeks. A date and location will be determined soon.