Last updated: August 21, 2006 (9 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Short Mountain Sanctuary, Inc.
(Liberty, Tennessee, United States)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1979
- Start Living Together: 1980
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: No
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
- Website address: http://www.radfae.org/sms.htm
- Phone: 615-536-5176
247 Sanctuary Ln
Liberty, Tennessee, 37095-9215
Rural Queer Sanctuary
Short Mountain Sanctuary (SMS) is a collective providing queer safe space. We strive to live lightly on the land and to maintain an environment that is open, free, and stimulating to each person’s growth and creativity. We make decisions by consensus. Life here is simple and rustic. We drink springwater, use an outhouse, and heat with wood. What electricity we have we collect from the sun. The heart of the community is an antebellum log cabin that serves as kitchen, dining, library, and common space. Residents live in a variety of homebuilt one- to five-person dwellings. We grow much of our food, herbs, and dazzling flowers. Goats supply us with milk and chickens with eggs. We publish _RFD: A Country Journal for Queer Folk Everywhere_ and host two faerie gatherings a year (May and October). Since SMS started in 1981 we have become a magnet for queers and the people who love us who wish to live rurally with a sense of community. Three new intentional communities have formed nearby: Ida, Sun Valley, and Pumpkin Hollow, and a growing group of friends lives independently in the surrounding countryside. As an extended community we share resources, party, and help each other out. We are a sanctuary and welcome visitors anytime.