Saturday, December 14, 2019
Christmas spirit in Nashville and at The Farm
Walking in my Nashville neighborhood..." I explained that my house is located in the Hillsboro-West End section of Hillsboro Village. Most homes there were built in 1910-1935. Hillsboro-West End has the largest, cohesive collection of early 20th century houses in all of Nashville. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and much of it is protected by Conservative Zoning. In 1975 an association, named Hilsboro-West End Neighborhood (HWEN) was founded to preserve its character and enhance the community. On that Saturday and Sunday they offered "A Holiday in Hillsboro Village," with 30-minute tour rides to see festive homes decked in holiday decorations, proceeds going back to preserving the neighborhood. They urged the community to place lights and decorations outdoor around their homes. I did not have any in Nashville so I ordered some and paid extra shipping so they would get to me in time. I also volunteered to serve cookies and hot cider at the hospitality center before the start of the tours.
here and here to read about it.) Their site says "The Farm is an intentional community of families and friends living on three square miles in southern middle Tennessee, founded on the principles of nonviolence and respect for the earth. We started The Farm in 1971 with the goal of establishing a strongly cohesive, outwardly-directed community. We want, by action and example, to have a positive effect on the world." In 1970, 300 hippies from San Francisco lead a caravan of old school buses across the country. They settled on 1,750 acres of land in Summertown, TN, and created a commune which has now evolved into an "intentional community." It is the oldest commune in the USA. The bazaar was in two school buildings.