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I grew up in southwest Virginia, and my wife and I came back here after I retired from the service looking to homestead. We weren't sure where we'd wind up... VA, WV, KY, or TN. Just somewhere in the mountains on a property that met our specifications.

However, with taxes, home school laws, and government shenanigans in general, it's looking like east TN is going to win out. We went and looked at some properties near Rogersville... I really like it around there. In a few days we're looking down by Mountain City. It's unfortunate that property is generally more expensive in TN than the other three states I mentioned, but freedom has a cost... as they say.

Does anyone have any tips? Do's or dont's for a prospective TN homesteader?

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I grew up in southwest Virginia, and my wife and I came back here after I retired from the service looking to homestead. We weren't sure where we'd wind up... VA, WV, KY, or TN. Just somewhere in the mountains on a property that met our specifications.

However, with taxes, home school laws, and government shenanigans in general, it's looking like east TN is going to win out. We went and looked at some properties near Rogersville... I really like it around there. In a few days we're looking down by Mountain City. It's unfortunate that property is generally more expensive in TN than the other three states I mentioned, but freedom has a cost... as they say.

Does anyone have any tips? Do's or dont's for a prospective TN homesteader?

Thanks!
Was wondering the same we are thinking about moving to eastern TN in 2 years. Maybe Johnson City?
 

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There are a lot of rare and endangered plants in east Tennessee.
Once you find property, you would be well advised to get everything identified before spraying poisons or tilling... Trying to grow food (or turf) could result in destroying something valuable.
When I've put in gardens there, I've been amazed at how easy it is there to grow food... Cooler summer temps and better rain than what we see around here.

Thieves abound... Probably not the place to build an expensive home and bring in valuable assets and then plan vacations elsewhere...

Good luck finding your dream property!
Looking forward to updates!
 

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If you look a little further west on the Cumberland Plateau the land is cheaper. Watch the auctions as they have some great bargains. I live just Southwest of Knoxville and it's a big enough city to have the shopping, healthcare, jobs, etc. We have heavy clay soil so be ready to amend like crazy for planting. The mountains to the east are heavy rock (of course) so large scale gardening is more complicated. Bears in the mountains are more like big raccoons, they will get into EVERYTHING!
 

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I just met 2 retirement age couples that moved from TN to Northern AR (Cotter AR) yesterday. One of the couple moved for the Fly Fishing. Not sure about the other couple.

My guess - Northern AR / Southern Mo is cheaper. Land is cheap + housing is cheap.
 

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My family and I have been looking in SE Tennessee for a place to build a home. Has to be within an hour of Chattanooga. Have looked at 2 properties so far. Will keep looking. We like the area and people seem friendly. Want to get away from the rat race..
 

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East TN is nice! Spent time within driving distance of Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville.

11W has some nice land off of it and allows access to towns. Plenty of lakes around if you want to live on the water.

Cumberland Plateau Is ok, but driving off of it every day would get tiring.

VA politics follow northern VA/DC so be warned!

WV will work for you if you can come up with your own job/business or have a hard to get skill set!

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I too recommend West Virginia. Taxes on my 50 acre lot with a small farmhouse were $542 this year. Politically it is the most republican state in the east, due to the traitor party opposing fossil fuels, the biggest industry here. No water moccasins or gators here either. Lotsa creeks all over.
 

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Thanks everyone for the response! We've been driving around looking at several properties, and have come across a few that seem promising... as with most places though, Tennesseeans think their dookie is made of gold. It decidedly is not, but we'll probably have to pay more than we want anyways ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you look a little further west on the Cumberland Plateau the land is cheaper. Watch the auctions as they have some great bargains. I live just Southwest of Knoxville and it's a big enough city to have the shopping, healthcare, jobs, etc. We have heavy clay soil so be ready to amend like crazy for planting. The mountains to the east are heavy rock (of course) so large scale gardening is more complicated. Bears in the mountains are more like big raccoons, they will get into EVERYTHING!
We've expanded our search *a little* farther west than originally intended due to price. We have been looking in Greene and Hawkins counties, now we're still along the VA line, but closer to Knoxville. We'll find something soon.

The intent is to use the property as farm. I think it just works out best that way when living full time at your retreat. But because of that, we need to be close (within 1.5hr drive) to either Knoxville or Bristol, in order to take advantage of the large farmers markets there. So, it's not the narrowest of search parameters, but it's a little more tricky than if we just didn't care where we were.

I guess we could get down towards Nashville, but that's a little far from my family in VA.

EDIT: I don't mind the bears. They used to get in our trash cans and corn crib when I was a kid... mostly you can just shout at them and they'll run off.
 

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Well, we decided to settle in Virginia after all.

I know, "bUt wUT ABouT gUn CoNTroLl!?". I needed to be closer to my aging family members, and quite frankly, if you saw where we bought our land, you would understand that it is under the control of the government is only a very vague sense.

We scored a nice cabin. It needs a little work, but it's on nearly 40 acres and has good fields and lots of water sources.

I'll post some pics as I do the work. Some here might find it interesting.
 
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