Montana Historical Society

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Since 2009, the Montana Historical Society’s Centennial Farm and Ranch program has recognized our state’s agricultural traditions by celebrating the perseverance and stewardship of Montana families on their farms and ranches. By honoring families that have owned their land for 100 years or more, we help preserve Montana’s strong agricultural roots and the stories and traditions that define our rural communities. View our list of Centennial farms and ranches.


  • Official framed certificate signed by the governor of Montana
  • 24-inch by 36-inch metal roadside sign with the property name and founding year (pictured)
  • Property history printed in our periodic farm and ranch yearbook


  • Proof of continuous ownership by members of the same family for a minimum of 100 years (through deed records).
  • Proof that the property is a working farm or ranch with a minimum of 160 acres or, if fewer than 160 acres, must have gross yearly sales of at least $1,000.
  • One current owner must be a Montana resident.


Questions? To request the application by e-mail or U.S. mail or to ask questions, contact Christine Brown at 444-1687 or email at

Nelson Centennial Farm Sign Photo

Example of the Centennial Farm and Ranch Road Sign



Centennial Farm and Ranch Application.
You may fill it out as an electronic form or print the form and hand write your information. The application fee is $100. You will need to download Adobe Acrobat to open, fill out, or print the form.



Centennial Farm and Ranch Directory

Centennial Farm and Ranch Information Card
(marketing copies available upon request)

Montana’s Centennial Farms and Ranches: Celebrating 100 Years of Family Stewardship, Vol. I
by Christine Brown (Coming August 2021)

Ranch overview with auto 1921 cropped