Journeys of Discovery: Hohenwald, Tennessee’s legendary 1970’s counter-culture “Farm” still rocks

Jan 12, 2021

Tom Reed came to Hohenwald, Tennessee back in 1971 as a vanguard member of a commune dubbed "The Farm”. Hundreds of hippies arrived in their vans and more than 80 school busses adorned with banners proclaiming “Out to Save the World”. They purchased 1,750 acres and settled in, and the Farm is still thriving in the Hohenwald, Tennessee countryside.

Reed eventually left the commune but he and his wife returned to Hohenwald toward the end of their careers in the health care field. Today they are intimately involved in the community’s cultural and non-profit enterprises.

Join Reed at the old Hohenwald Train Depot as he takes us on a time trip back to 1971 when the hippies first descended upon this rural Tennessee town to make a new life.

Reed also takes us on a fast-forward trip to the present world of Hohenwald and how the region, with its relatively extremely affordable real estate prices, is attracting a new generation of urban immigrants seeking an enhanced quality of life.

The Hohenwald "Farm' show is the eleventh in a series showcasing Nashville’s Big Back Yard--an economic and tourism initiative encompassing the Natchez Trace National Parkway in Tennessee’s southwest quarter down to the Shoals Region in Northern Alabama. The town of Hohenwald is located along the fabled route of the Natchez Trace, 80 miles southwest from Nashville. 

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