Dunmire Hollow Community

Waynesboro, Tennessee, United States

  • Last updated: August 29, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: October 28, 2004

Mission Statement

Small, rural, land stewardship

Community Description

Dunmire Hollow (est. 1973) is a community of about ten people sharing their lives and 163 acres in a magic hollow in Tennessee. We have fields, orchards, gardens, woods, springs, creeks, a community center, a woodshop, ponds, a food co-op, family houses, etc. Each family is economically independent; we make/have made our livings in a variety of ways–teaching, construction, woodworking, nursing, doctoring, auto repair, sewing, truck driving, small-engine repair, and crafts–and from providing for ourselves more directly through domestic economy and barter.

As individuals, we have a variety of enthusiasms that often involve us with the world and other people: organic gardening, music, crafts, environmentalism, peace work, sports, community networking, aquaculture, alternative energy, etc. Each resident adds to the diverse mix that makes up our community.

We are happy to communicate with people who are interested in rural-community living. We enjoy visitors; please write for more information or to arrange a visit.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1973
  • Start Living Together: 1973
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Harvey
  • Phone: 931-722-9201
  • Community Address:
    2017 Dunmire Hollow Rd
    Waynesboro, Tennessee, 38485-5041
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 1988
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location


  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 163 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Mahayana Land Corp. (see below)
  • Additional Comments:

    Having no access to competent legal advice in the mid ’70s, we formed a small for-profit Corp, owned by the residents and some ex-residents who are still part of the community. We have a full featured community center building.


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please call, write, or email in advance, telling us a bit about yourself/selves, and what you are looking for and have to offer. Because of our busy schedules, and our sometimes being away from home, it is required that you set up a time to visit the community with our help.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    After an introductory visit, if things look promising, we set up a longer visit of 3-4 weeks. If that goes well, we set up a provisional resident membership. Between 9 & 15 months later, the community and the provisional resident make a decision whether the person will become a permanent resident or be required to leave the community.

  • Additional Comments:

    We have a list of Social Agreements describing what we expect of our members. Brief descriptions of these are included in the introductory information document we send out to interested inquirers.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We operate by consensus, with meetings when we decide we need them.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Deposit, refunded upon departure or when building / buying a house

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biofuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Individual preference
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We all garden; we raise different amounts of food

    Mix of vegetarians and non-vegetarians; some gluten-free folks

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Communal Studies Association, Cumberland Greens