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Following Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm intensive grazing method, the Homestead currently raises most of the beef, pork and poultry the family needs, along with growing a family garden and gardens and a greenhouse at the School. The children at the Homestead School also care for and raise chickens, goats, pigs, peacocks and turkeys in the big red School barn. Rory's nephew Dalton Greenwood runs the farm and school livestock program, and Magen Gary and Hopie Feek oversee the family garden.

History of
The Homestead at Hardison Mill

In the early 1800’s, Revolutionary War veteran James Hardison settled in Maury County and began a large and predigious family that generations later, many still reside in the area. His son Thomas began work on Hardison’s Mills in 1820 and Thomas’s son, Calvin took them over.  1870, Calvin built the Farmhouse, a Greek Revival ‘L” style, from Poplar cut on the property. They and their families lived and ran the family mills on the river until their death at the turn of the 19th century and are buried in the family cemetery on the Homestead.   Orginally. 400+ acres all along the Duck River, by the 1930’s the Blalock family who were tenant farmers on the land, purchased the home and property and farmed there until nearly the summer of 1999, songwriter Rory Feek took the royalties from the first song he had recorded and bought the Homestead from brother and sister Harold & Reba Blalock for he and his daughter’s Heidi and Hopie. Rory married Joey Martin and  added the garden, windmill an concert hall, and in time, the original 30 acres he purchased, has grew to 100 and now includes a school, gardens, greenhouse, barns, concert hall, and the original milkhouse is a state-of-the art film editing studio. 

The Farmhouse at Hardison Mill
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The Farm at
The Homestead at Hardison Mill

In the summer of 1999, with the royalties from the first song he'd had recorded, songwriter Rory Feek bought the farmhouse and a few acres and a dilapidated barn or two. Over the next twenty years the house and farm would undergo major reconstruction and become what it is now.

at The Homestead at Hardison Mill

There are a number of concerts and events being held at the Homestead in the coming year.  

The annual Homestead Festival will be this coming June 2 & 3, 2023 and will have dozens of speakers and teachers, vendors, food trucks, music and much more.  See the Festival page for tickets and info. 


At Homestead Hall, you can hear some of your favorite singers, songwriters and bands, and it's also where Rory performs intimate evenings of stories and songs one Saturday each month. See below for a complete listing of concert dates.  


*On Rory's concert nights, tours of the schoolhouse are given.

Dalton Greenwood runs the animal program on the farm and integrates all the farm and animals into the School's daily program.  The cows are SouthPoll breed that are very easy to handle, heat tolerant and can be raised and finished out entirely on grass. They are moved to a new paddock of fresh grass every day, and the about 60 hens follow behind in a portable chicken tractor surrounded by electric fencing. They are moved every three days. 

Magen Gary and Hopie Feek oversee the garden program. They, along with Rory, Indy, Marcy and family continue to grow a variety of vegetables every spring and summer in the same garden area that Joey originally grew hers in.  All the seeds are non-GMO and growing methods are organic, with no pesticides.  Marcy is in charge of canning for the family. 

The Garden
at The Homestead at Hardison Mill

Be sure to join our email list below to get updates on upcoming events, blog posts and other things going on, and go to the Homestead Channel to watch stories from the Homestead. Lastly, stop by our Homestead Store for the latest t-shirts, mugs, books, cds' and more... 

Jimmy Fortune

Gate opens at 5, Doors open at 6, Show starts at 7 p.m. CST

October 13, 2023

The French Family

Gate opens at 5, Doors open at 6, Show starts at 7 p.m. CST

October 14, 2023

Deborah Allen

Gate opens at 5, Doors open at 6, Show starts at 7 p.m. CST

December 1, 2023

Mo Pitney

Gate opens at 5, Doors open at 6, Show starts at 7 p.m. CST

December 9, 2023

Brothers of the Heart

Gate opens at 5, Doors open at 6, Show starts at 7 p.m. CST

March 29, 2024

Brothers of the Heart

Gate opens at 5, Doors open at 6, Show starts at 7 p.m. CST

March 30, 2024

Upcoming Concerts at Homestead Hall

Concerts at Homestead Hall
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