The home in the Perdue Farms branding is a real place – and it's located right here in Wicomico County.
It hasn't always been a place that people can visit. But this year, during which Perdue is celebrating 100 years, visitors can take tours of the Perdue Family Farmhouse for free on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.
I took a tour of the house, built by Arthur Perdue in 1917, as part of a small group last month and enjoyed learning more about the company and seeing some cool pieces of history, like Perdue Farms advertisements from years ago and even Frank Perdue's old report cards.
When Arthur and Pearl Perdue – Frank's parents – started the company in 1920, they began with eggs, I learned during my visit. There's a painting hanging in the sitting room by Arthur and Pearl's granddaughter, Beverly Perdue Jennings, depicting her grandmother tending chickens outside the home.
The home has so much Perdue memorabilia to showcase that it isn't set up like the home would have been. For example, the bedrooms don't have beds. One of the bedrooms has been transformed into Frank's office, and another has become a conference room.
Frank may be a familiar face to you if you grew up watching him in advertisements. One portraying him as Einstein, which won a Clio award, is displayed on the wall.
I learned that Frank wanted to be a professional baseball player. Less than two miles away, across Route 50, is Arthur W. Perdue Stadium – named for his father and home to the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Another fun fact I learned is that Frank and his first wife, Madeline Perdue, met at a Ping-Pong table and always had one in their home.
This year is also the Year of the Woman, and both Pearl and Madeline Perdue were highlighted in a video we watched after touring the home's interior.
Learn more this year during a visit to the home, which is listed on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties.
Perdue Family Farmhouse
Location: 31050 Old Ocean City Road, Salisbury, MD 21804
Tours: Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
Learn more: 410-543-3539, www.perdue100.com
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