Our History


mackilwean_signMackilwean Turf Farm
has been a North Carolina family farm since 1790. James McIlwean migrated from Scotland to New Bern in 1730. Francis McIlwean Jr., James’ grandson, began farming in New Bern around 1790. During the 1980’s, Mackilwean Farms began to diversify from tobacco and row crops to other crops. The McIlweans pursued Christmas Trees, then eventually settled with turf grass sod. The need to supply grasses for commercial/residential lawns and athletic fields became evident. Over the following decade, Mackilwean Farms grew into one of the largest turf farms in Eastern North Carolina.

Our goal is to supply North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia with quality products and services to meet the needs of our customers.

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