Butterfly Farm Sanctuary goes way back into the mountain mists of time to being the land of the Cherokee. We have found arrowheads here. Once the white man removed the Cherokee (Trail of Tears to Read more...
Butterfly Farm Sanctuary goes way back into the mountain mists of time to being the land of the Cherokee. We have found arrowheads here. Once the white man removed the Cherokee (Trail of Tears to Oklahoma - walking), the Scotch-Irish moved into the valley and settled up and down along the river. Our property has been owned by many people over the generations, some old families who have been here for generations and others who decided to buy it as vacation property. It was not well looked after at times and so we have been in the process of helping to bring it in to greater health. Happy to tell you that amazing story. So we are the first outsiders (we came from California because of the beauty here and to get back closer to the land) to actually build a house and live here full time. The picnic shelter was once an old cabin that rumor has it was burned down by one of the neighbors in an argument. The gentleman who lived there was quite colorful according to the tales we have heard. There is a remnant of an old still beside EarthSeed.
The locals named this property Butterfly many years ago. While both pastures fill with butterflies in the summer, our work is in the area of the transformation of human life in order to make a better world and as such, we thought it was a wonderful name to keep.
Across the bridge from the property used to be a small village of shops we are told for at one time this valley was a thriving area due to lumber harvesting of the trees, the beautiful ancient trees which now no longer stand. But this is the history of the land here.
One other thing. To survive in these mountains you had to hunt. A hunting culture is strong here and you will here gunfire echoing from time to time. We do not allow any hunting or firearms on the property.