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Andy's Trout Farm
Andy's Trout Farm opened to the public in 1965. It was founded and developed by Andy and Hazel Cope, with some help from their family. In the late 1950's, while Andy was operating a service station in Dillard, GA, many travelers inquired about places to fish and camp. The Copes used some mountain land, which they owned in the Betty's Creek Community, to develop Betty's Creek Recreation Area! Later, they changed the name to Andy's Trout Farm and built rental cabins along the stream. They had found the ideal spot to raise rainbow trout . The cold mountain stream flowing from the mountains of North Carolina into Betty's Creek provided the water needed. It took the family several months to get a hatchery in operation for hatching, and ponds built for growing the trout. They began running the fish farm and selling trout that were caught from the catch-out ponds. They dressed the catch and even had a restaurant across the road from the fishing office! In 1968 Andy and Hazel Cope were granted the "Farm Family of the Year Awards"- in both North Carolina and Georgia!
The Cope Family
Today, the farm is run by Andy & Hazel's granddaughter and son-in-law, Sonya & Troy Cousineau. Sonya and Troy joined Andy and Hazel in 1988, along with their 3 children, and work diligently to keep Andy & Hazel's legacy alive! Andy & Hazel's granddaughter, Paula ,and great-granddaughter, Renee, also help to keep things on track. Melanie and other family & friends help in the office. Andy's daughter, Barbara's, memory is alive and well in the use of Cope Hall for family gatherings and events of all kinds. Her husband, Bill Passmore, stops by the farm often to continue enjoying his "home" and family! Andy's is still very much (and always will be) a family venture!
Sonya's daughters - Maleah, Mariah, and Madison.
Andy & Hazel's daughter Barbara along with husband Bill, and their two daughters Paula & Sonya.
Andy & Hazel's daughter Barbara along with husband Bill, Sonya's daughter's, and Paula's daughter Renee!
The girls just having fun!
Mariah and Zach married May 17th, 2014
Andy's brother Delmar and Ty..
Maleah and Jayson married January 2014.
Mariah and Zach's daughter Sawyer (2015) and son McCrae to be born 2020.