Persephone’s Farm Retreat is nestled between 200 year old maple and pecan trees on the banks of the French Broad River in Sevierville, Tennessee.
The French Broad River was navigated by the Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, in 1540 from North Carolina to Tennessee. There are excellent online references for those who wish to learn about the de Soto trail along with excellent maps and dialogue. You can also find a very informative narrative about de Soto’s relationship with the Indian tribes throughout his expedition.
What remains of the original 10,000 acres which was originally a thriving tobacco and cotton farm, is the Persephone’s Farm Retreat, the main house and barn and 10,5 acres. While these buildings have been maintained to assure structural integrity, and modern conveniences, they are as they were 130+ years ago.
The farm retreat offers a peaceful escape just minutes from the fast paced life of all the major tourist attractions of the great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood is just a 15 minute drive and Gatlinburg is a 30 minute drive.
The French Broad River watershed is considered to be home to the largest Great Blue Heron population in the world. Down river from Persephone’s Farm Retreat, within sight of the property, is a Great Blue Heron rookery. We frequently see them fishing along the river.
Persephone’s is known for the mystical peace and tranquility guests feel when entering the grounds. It was sacred ground to the Indians and we feel blessed to be able to share this gift with all who stay here.