In 2017, James and Natalie Gilbert purchased a little over 200 acres in Chambers County just 20 minutes North East of their home in Auburn, Alabama. Gilbert Land and Cattle was formed so James could start planning for life after retiring from the City of Auburn, where he currently serves as a Lieutenant for the Auburn Fire Division. James and his Dad began the grueling process of building a cattle farm from scratch. James has always had a passion for farming and raising cattle. James learned mostly about farming from his Dad who baled hay, grew corn, and raised cattle in Georgia. His grandfather on his mother's side was also heavily involved in farming but tragically passed away before he was born. As the oldest grandson, he was always reminded by his grandmother of how much he resembled his grandfather and shared the same passions in life. Although the primary use of the farm is for raising cattle, The Red Oak Farm was inspired from many visits across the south during the fall season to visit corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and hayrides with their children, Kennedy and Harper. In the fall of 2019 The Red Oak Farm opened its first corn maze to the public with the plan to provide a family fun atmosphere for all ages in the hopes that all families can make lasting memories that will never be forgotten.