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Perdue farmhouse added to state historical registry

Perdue farmhouse added to state historical registry
This restored farmhouse was built by Arthur Perdue in 1917. Jim Perdue is standing on the porch.  (Perna, Algerina / Baltimore Sun 2010)

The farmhouse of the family that created Perdue Farms has been added to a state historical registry.

Arthur W. Perdue built the farmhouse on the outskirts of Salisbury in 1917, three years before establishing what would become the nation's third-largest chicken producer.

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The farmhouse, which has been part of the company's logo since 2005, was named to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties maintained by the Maryland Historical Trust. It's located on Old Ocean City Road across from the company's headquarters.

"It's an honor to have such an important part of our company's heritage listed among the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties," Chairman Jim Perdue, grandson of Arhur Perdue, said in a statement. "The farmhouse is a daily reminder to all of us at Perdue of the tenets of quality, integrity, hard work and trust upon which my grandfather built his business, and of our beginning as a family farm."

Arthur Perdue established Perdue Farms as an egg business in 1920, the same year Frank Perdue was born. The company later moved into raising chickens for sale, and Frank Perdue built it into the large-scale business it is today, in part by appearing in ads for the company with the catchphrase: "It takes a tough man to raise a tender chicken."

Over the years, the farmhouse became the site of a hatchery and later a research farm. It was restored in 2007.

Perdue executives gathered with state and local officials, including Gov. Larry Hogan, on Monday to officially mark the home's inclusion on the registry.

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