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Chickens, turkeys, and ducks being raised at Rory Feek's historic farmhouse and farm at The Homestead at Hardison Mill.
A cow grazing at Hardison Mill Farm

Following Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm intensive grazing method, the Homestead currently raises beef, pork and poultry for the family and to sale to the community. Along with growing a family garden and a filling 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 his niece Magen Gary oversee the family garden.

The historic family cemetary at Rory Feek's historic farm at The Homestead at Hardison Mill.
Rory and Indiana Feek in the backfield at The Homestead at Hardison Mill Farm
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Rory, Joey, Heidi, and Hopie Feek in a family photo taken at the cemetary located on The Homestead at Hardison Mill Farm

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 and concert hall, and in time, the original 30 acres he purchased, has grown to 100 and now includes a school, gardens, a greenhouse, barns, a concert hall, and the original milkhouse. The farm now operates under the non-profit LOVE IS A GIFT.

Rory Feek's historic farmhouse and farm at The Homestead at Hardison Mill.
Rory Feek's farmhouse when we bought it in 1999
Today
1999
Wide shot of Rory Feek's historic farmhouse and farm at The Homestead at Hardison Mill.
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 that came with a dilapidated barn or two. Over the next twenty years the house and farm would undergo major reconstruction and become what it is now.

An overhead view of The Homestead Festival in 2022
Events
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 7th & 8th, 2024 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.

Rachel and Dalton Greenwood with their cousin, Indiana Feek pose for a pic at The Homestead at Hardison Mill Farm
Dalton Greenwood, an educator, at the Homestead School which operates at The Homestead at Hardison Mill Farm

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. 

The family garden at The Homestead at Hardison Mill Farm
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 here at the farm.

Lastly, stop by our Homestead Store for the latest t-shirts, mugs, books, cds' and more... 

Muletown in the Round (JULY)- Mo Pitney, Will Nance, & Don Sampson

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

July 18, 2024

rory feek

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

August 16, 2024

rory feek

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

September 20, 2024

HIGHROAD

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

October 5, 2024

rory feek

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

October 18, 2024

Jimmy Fortune

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

November 2, 2024

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

November 22, 2024

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

December 13, 2024

Rory Feek and Paul Overstreet perform at Homestead Hall

Upcoming Concerts at Homestead Hall

Concerts at Homestead Hall
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