I asked this on another discussion but thought i would get more exposure with a new discussion. My wife and I want to move to East Tennesse and start a home stead. We are looking for suggestions of communities that are homestead friendly. Locations that are close to moderately sized cities because we will likely still need to be working, at least in the beginning.
We are also looking for income sources on a homestead. logging was one thing that came to mind but this requires a large acreage of land. we are looking in the range from 2-10 acres. If we went big like 100 acres to log we would likely end up with debt so that is probably out of the question.
awsome thanks for the input. we are looking in the knoxville, tri city, and chattanooga region mostly. sounds like melancholy is out in the country more. we have not determined how rural we want to get. 30-60 minute drive from a metro area is what we are looking for. my skills are CAD based with construction so right now it looks like we will be relying on that for a living until the homestead is really established. which is find i like what i do, just rying to figure out how to blend it with self sustainablility.
Zach i have heard rumors a major drug problems in Knox can you confirm?
I would say as much as any other university town, the further away you are from north or east knox the better if memory serves. I live in Nashville now but so much family is there I visit often.
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@Melancholy_Bear what made you choose sweetwater? we drove through there when we were visiting. its a nice small town. not to far from the big lake and the mountains. we really like marryville but think it will be expensive
shout out to @RuggedPossum he met up with us. showed us a great spot to view the mountians and even brought us pastries. much apreciated. hope i can repay the kindness in the future
@DragonBear Awesome to hear about your meet-up! I trust I will meet both you and @RuggedPossum some day. I hope to gather a bunch of bears on our land one day for a picnic and bonfire.
We didn't pick Sweetwater, per se. We knew we liked east Tennessee around Knoxville in general. We liked Chattanooga also. We happened to find our land on Zillow for sale that met our needs. We made an offer (before coronu) and it worked out. That's how we ended up being near Sweetwater. It was the Lord's providence more than anything.
We drove through Maryville also. We hear good things about it. We drove out to Walland too, very mountainous. Out by Pigeon Forge seemed too busy and touristy for us.
p.s. We aren't living there yet, otherwise we would have definitely been up for getting together.
p.s.s. If you guys are up for using the app, Signal, for secure private messaging, we could start our east TN group on it now if you want. Our central TX bear group is using it and it keeps us all in touch pretty well. Our policy for vetting people on it is that we have to meet new bears in person first before adding them on Signal. You guys haven't met me yet, but you've met each other.
A special shoutout to two great Bears: @melancholy-bear and @DragonBear !
I am anticipating the day when we shall all gather with our progeny, feast upon salted dead animals, draw long draughts from weighty tankards, and exchange tales and wisdom while being warmed by a fire created of our own work and desire! Keep the faith and remain strong, my brothers, for there is much work ahead of us in this beautiful and abundant land!
your a bit of a poet huh @RuggedPossum