Late in 2005, a Decatur restaurateur and organic chef and farm activist bought this mid century home on a beautiful quiet property in the mountains and sorta retired. Retired from 10 years of traffic, stress and other unhealthy trappings of success. What will you do with that property they asked? Not sure. The answer has been many fold. Raise chickens, have weddings, be an Airbnb host, rent it out, teach cooking classes, rescue dogs, make furniture, write books, do yoga things, raise ducks, grow vegetables, leave for a year, bird watch, learn about country life, expand the mind, make tinctures, bake breads with wild yeast, ferment things, learn about squash bugs and how much they can eat, rescue more dogs, get rid of things, have bonfires, explore truth.
That sort of thing.
After being gone for a year and grieving the loss of a parent and tending to lots of non-nature endeavors in another state the chef was so happy to return to Mt. Airy that she wanted to share the property with others. Send out smoke signals. In a time when it seems now more than ever we crave community, NEED community, understanding, compassion, someone to listen, places to gather with like minded (and maybe some not so like minded what is life without contrast after all) and just LIVE. The traditional models of gated communities and not knowing the people you live among isn't working. What if we grew a community that was intentionally based around a better human experience. One that didn't rely on media and consumerism, but instead relied on nature and the earth to teach us. There's magic out there if you look for it. And quieting the mind is the best place to start. Peeling away distraction and creating joy from the inside, wouldn't that be cool?
Build it and they shall come. Everything you need is right in front of you.
This is the intent of the Habersham Hacienda.
We are 70 miles from Atlanta off of 985/Hwy 365. Twenty minutes from Gainesville. 90 minutes from Greenville. 2 miles from Cornelia. 5 miles from Clarkesville and across the road from Lake Russell in Mt. Airy, GA 30563. There is a train across the highway and this is a whistle stop. You will hear it pass. Some days a lot, some not at all.