The Farm Community
The Farm Community is nationally known and visited by people from just about every country in the world. There are many documentaries made about the Farm Community, and several celebrities have had their children at their midwifery center. Visitors to our Amish community can tour The Farm while in town. The Farm Market Days are every third Saturday from April to October from 9 am to 2 pm, and this event should be combined with your Amish Adventure! Below is a brief history of The Farm Community.
The Farm Community began when professor Stephen Gaskin started teaching Monday night classes at San Francisco State University in California. The counter-cultural youth were interested in a new society, so in 1971, 200 or more people left in 60 buses to come to Summertown, Tennessee, to establish their commune on a 1,000-acre farm they called "The Farm" where they lived in the buses they took on the caravan and tents and were called "hippies" by the surrounding area. You may hear of "the hippie farm" today as this is the same place. They were vegetarian, made a cookbook in their book publishing company, and later started many businesses. There have been many changes, but today The Farm stands to help others and acts as an example of those who live lightly on a sustainable environmental position of nonviolence.
How to visit The Farm Community
The Farm Community Tour is about two hours long and takes you to many off-limit areas!
The first step starts with you. If you want to see what a community lifestyle is all about, then dedicate a few dates that would work for you and see if one of your dates will be ok to visit. Then you email or call the Welcome Center. Once you have confirmation on your email or call to set up your tour, you make your way to The Farm. When you arrive, you have to check-in. Remember that this is a community of people who live here, and they want to know who is visiting. A volunteer will be at the center from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday to see you, give tours, or show you to the conference center. Make sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link below to schedule a visit to The Farm or to see when the next Farm Experience Weekend is going on.
The Farm Events
Throughout the year, the Farm Community has events that are open to the public. They are usually free to attend and have many advantages for the visitor. The Farm Market Days are one of the best! From April to October, on the third Saturday of the month, from 9 am to 2 pm, you will see the best local vendors showing their skills in a booth-style set up so you can walk between them. Kids are strongly encouraged to come; a playground and booths are designed just for them. These farm market days are an excellent way to see the farm community while you are there. You can't just drive around in the off-limits areas, but most farm businesses and amenities will be open. Below are photos we took while at the event, and their Facebook site is linked in the button below!
The Farm Market Day is a great event to include with your Amish Adventure. The Farm is just a few miles from the new order Amish community on Highway 20, Stillhouse Hollow Falls, Meriwether Lewis Park, Summertown Airsoft, and the Summertown Tardis are a few minutes away if you would like to see other points of interest.
Enter 100 Farm Rd, Summertown, TN 38483, into your GPS of choice, and find your way to The Farm Community to learn about sustainable living in a place that is world famous! Be sure to see their website to view the history and current listings of what The Farm offers their visitors to help you have the most unique experiences! We will link their website below, as in the above section, and embed a few videos you can watch.
The Farm Community is also featured on our Cultural History Page if you want to see other places where people live in a group or under a statement or belief.
Be sure to see other videos from The Farm Community YouTube Page!
For more activities, see our pages below, showcasing our top outdoor places of interest.
We have more outdoor sports than we do inside sports. Let's divide team sports up with parallel sports. A parallel sport is played the same, no matter how many players there are. So if you like golf, tennis, motorcycle, ATV, or bicycle sports, then we have the place you will love! We have ball and disc golf courses and plenty of places to ride your ATV on wooded trails and jumping hills! We also have archery and gun ranges where you can take your best shot and be on target!
Our outdoor activities webpage is where you can find all our listings of outdoor activities in Lawrence County! This directory explains our top places for outdoor recreation! The button below takes you to the outdoor page, so click the button and get started planning your trip itinerary with these outdoor activities in mind!
Area Woods and Watersports
We have many awesome rivers and lakes in Lawrence County. Visitors come from all over to participate in our great tubing and kayak adventures. There are three great places for fun on the water. Each place we feature opens around May and closes Labor Day weekend. The water temperatures are a bit cold before May and after August. Crockett Shoals Tubing Company is our pick for kids 10 and under, as the water is very shallow, and the tubes have a bottom, so you can't slide out into the water. If a child does fall out of the tube, it is only a foot deep in most places, so they just have to stand up. Upa Creek Kayak Rentals have both tubes, canoes, and kayaks and offer different drop-off locations according to how long you want to float. Upa Creek is beside a great restaurant called the Taco Shack if you want to eat after a long float. Double G Canoe and Kayak rental is for the person who wants a good long float with incredible scenery. They can even facilitate wheelchairs and other needs for those with disabilities. At Double G, they can offer the longest float and the most unique way of putting the kayak in the water!
All these places and more are featured on our webpage devoted to woods and watersports. Please see our detailed guide for more information on which places best fit your needs for a day in the woods or out on the water!
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