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Family History

Freshness is a Family Tradition

The Neese history begins with family members immigrating to America in the early 1700s. In 1769, George Neese (born 1744) moved to what is now Guilford County, North Carolina, traveling the great wagon road through the Shenandoah Valley from Berks County Pennsylvania.

The Neeses were farmers, blacksmiths, horse and cattle traders. They harvested almost everything they ate, and prior to 1900 were making sausage for home consumption.

By 1917 J.T. Neese was selling sausage and delivering it in a “prairie schooner” covered wagon like the ones used in the country’s great western movement. J.T. (Mr. Thede) began making sausage with a hand grinder and gradually built a trade in town.

By 1925 a Dodge screen-sided truck had been acquired. Sausage was made and packaged at night and by day break, Mr. Thede was delivering sausage in Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina.

The “special recipe” for Neese’s Sausage was created by J.T. Neese in the early 1900’s. He developed just the right proportions of ham and other pork cuts, and added just the right seasonings of salt, sage, pepper and a few secret ones that only family members know about.

In the 1920’s, J.T.’s wife Annie Smith Neese stirred up another famous Neese recipe for Liver Pudding.  “Miss Annie” ground pork livers and other choice pork cuts and seasoned them with herbs and spices. She added just enough corn meal to hold it together.

Just like we do it today, she never added chemicals or preservatives to either sausage or liver pudding.

In 1925 Mr. Thede’s son, Tom, graduated from high school and went into sausage making full-time. In a few years, Mr. Thede turned the business over to Tom, since he was already an experienced sausage maker. Tom and his brother, Homer, became partners about 1930.

Today we are still located in Guilford County in Greensboro, NC. The business is run by the fourth generation of Neese’s with plenty of kids coming along to continue the family tradition of making products that are simply the best tasting and highest quality people can buy.

Remember, it’s a family tradition; fresh has always been better.