The Village on Sewanee Creek
Tracy City, Tennessee, United States
- Last updated: August 30, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: February 21, 2008
Self-sufficient, Free, Living the Love of Christ through Service
OUR MISSION is to be a self-sustaining community
in harmony with nature and people.
We seek people with diverse skills and backgrounds for self-sufficient community life in an old-fashioned neighborhood with strong Christian values.
Located on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, the property abounds with waterfalls, hemlock & harwdood forests, clear bluff views of the Sewanee gorge and wooded mountains. Recognized as one of the most bio-diverse areas in the US.
• no income taxes,
• low property taxes,
• low cost of living,
• lush woodlands and rocky bluffs overlooking canyons and streams,
• a diverse culture, from “mountain folks” (who know how to live simply) to academia. (Nearby, Historical U. of the South -rich cultural heritage).
Villagers have diverse experience and enjoy working together and teaching each other how to be self-sufficient in:
Water: Rainwater collection systems encouraged. Such systems make us completely independent of municipal water although city water is also available.
Food: (A community garden is maintained with help from an organic gardening coach.) Lots are large enough to be food self-sufficient. Some raise chickens, cows, goats or other livestock and we all share or barter.
Energy: Solar PV, Wood gasification, micro-hydroelectric, other forms of sustainable energy practiced.
Healthy living: Use of local herbs, healthy diet.
Community: 50 of the 207 acres are a nature preserve. Hiking trails wander pristine woodlands past waterfalls to the secluded Sewanee Creek. A common area features breathtaking canyon and mountain views. Outdoor pavilions with barbecue pits welcome picnics. A natural rock amphitheater surrounds a stage and large screen where family movies are shown against the backdrop of a dark, starlit sky.
Located between Chattanooga and Nashville in a rural setting, with shopping, restaurants, etc., an easy 5 to 25 minutes away.
Perfect for a primary residence in a prepared community or a second-home safe haven. Home sites feature stunning bluff views, creeks, and magnificent waterfalls.
Check us out at the website listed above, see my blog at http://1stvillager.wordpress.com/ or email [email protected]
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2006
- Start Living Together: 2007
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
- Website address: http://www.sewaneecreek.com
- Contact Name: Grant Miller
- Phone: 9314502426
- Community Address:
5049 Browns Hollow Rd
Tracy City, Tennessee, 37387
- Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
- Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Festivals, Conferences, Events
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
- Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Grant Miller – Founder
5 members of Village Board of Directors
Community Property owned by “The Village Owners Association, Inc.”
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $25
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Encourage debt-free living
Weekly + as needed work projects are voluntary. We rotate projects each week between Village families. Each Project sponsor organizes and manages the project and provides necessary materials. Participants provide labor and bring tools.
Land is independently owned by members
$300 annual Village Owners Association
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric, Biomass
- Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
- Food produced locally: Up to 25%
- Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Waterfront access
- Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
- Shared meals: About once a week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Sometimes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
While alcohol and tobacco are permitted, they are Discouraged. No current members smoke. If any members drink it is discreet and unknown to others.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Protestant, Ananda Community, LDS, Daoist
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Self-reliant, independent, inter-dependent, freedom loving, creative, conservative