5 sites · RVs, Tents44 acres · Cordele, Crisp
In 2005, while in Cordele for a family reunion, Mama noticed a sign that read, “40 acres For Sale.” She encouraged my then husband, Ken, and me that we should consider the purchase as we had been talking of buying land in Cordele. We called the owner at the time, Mr. Ben Thornton, to express our interest. Ken and I met Mr. Thornton on the land and negotiated the sale price. Three months later, we were the new owners of what used to be Cordele’s prominent sawmill.Tokrasee Farm, we call it, is a 44-acre land space located on 11th Street, right at Highway 41, just South of the Farmers Market in the City of Cordele, Georgia. The Farm is just down the street from where my grandparents, Warren and Ozzie Bell Kinchen, lived on 11th Street. To add to the nostalgia, 11th Street is also home to my Mom’s 1st place of business, the salon built by her father, Kinchen’s Beauty Box, which she owned at the early age of 15.Over time, the vision for the Farm has become more clear, a vision that compliments the natural landscape and features of old railroad tracks, wetlands, a nature trail, concrete slabs, and beautiful forests. It is perfect for not only for an outdoor community center and campground; Tokrasee Farm makes a great spot as the center of community, where people can unite in love and harmony. Our vision further includes an organic garden of Eden, not only in terms of the quality of the soil for vegetation we will grow, rather in terms of the spiritual elements of peace and serenity that one experiences while on these blessed grounds.The concrete slabs are just right for staging large concerts, weddings, tea parties, family reunions, and other outdoor events. The open areas of grass make for cozy picnics. The winding paths leading around the area of the land seemed to have been divinely purposed for a nature trail with eye-catching ponds that only enhance the beauty of the geographic layout of the Farm. And the rest, we leave for wild-life that help comprise our eco-system. In the coming months, we will have constructed several pavilions for our guests who may want coverings for seated eventsIn 2013, some eight (8) years after its purchase, it was clear that the Farm would be named after Mama. The vision was so akin to her nature as a loving, caring, sharing human being. Therefore, the proper name of the land is “The Ozzie Kinchen Ritchey Community Center Farm & Event Venue.” We refer to the venue as Tokrasee Farm, an abbreviated phonetic pronunciation of the actual acronym, TOKRCC, of which the Farm’s proper name.Today, Tokrasee Farm is mostly maintained by three primary farmers: my Dad, Mr. James Palmer, my brother, Mr. James Baker, and my godmother, Mrs. Lillian J. Hunt, as well as other Cordele locals, whose contributions are undeniable and much appreciated.Learn more about this land:Tokrasee Farm is a 44-acre land space located right at Highway 41, just South of the Farmers Market in the City of Cordele, Georgia. Visitors to the farm enjoy the natural landscape and features of old railroad tracks, wetlands, a nature trail, concrete slabs, and beautiful forests. As an event venue it is perfect for not only an outdoor community center; but a great spot as the center of community, where people can unite in love and harmony.