Homeplace on Green River, located in Taylor County, is a 227 acre farm being restored as a permanent reminder for all ages of the role agriculture has played and is continuing to play in our lives. A group of interested citizens conceived the idea of Homeplace on Green River in the late 1990s and Homeplace was established as a 501©3 (non-profit) organization in 2001 by Adair, Green and Taylor counties.
The original home, which remains the centerpiece of Homeplace on Green River, was built in 1803 by Isaac Tate and has been expanded over the years. Only three families owned the farm in the 211 years before it was sold in 2001 and established as Homeplace on Green River.
The farm is operated by a board of directors with representation from Adair, Green and Taylor counties. The six county Heartland Waterways Tourism Corridor chose Homeplace as the corridor’s hub tourist attraction. (Adair, Green, Taylor, Monroe, Cumberland and Metcalfe.)
A $20,000 renovation of plumbing, electric and structural repair on the home and significant structural repair of the bank barn and several other buildings was completed last year partially,funded by a $5,000 gift to renovate the parlor. Further development of other facilities is planned for this year pending available funding. Included are the animal holding and presentation facility for which a $17,600 grant was recently received, an extensive area dedicated to native flora and a butterfly garden, reassembly and covering structure for an early 1800s log tobacco barn for which will be funded by a recent $5,000 gift and a replica of a tenant house which will serve as a residence for a caretaker and on the inside will demonstrate the latest in environmentally sound living.
Homeplace on Green River is well established with a rich history of national, state, and community support. Since its founding in 2001, it has been granted over $850,000 in funding from 15 organizations and agencies. In addition to the three county governments, The Nature Conservancy, U.K. Cooperative Extension Service, TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOURSEKY), Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association, Heartland Waterways Tourism Corridor, Kentucky Departments of Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Services and others have provided grants, advice and volunteer time in the re-establishment of the farm. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmland Protection Program provided the funding for initial purchase of the property. Homeplace depends for its on-going operational expenses upon leasing its cropland, activities on the site including fees for weddings and its festivals, donations, and a considerable number of volunteers. Homeplace has no paid staff which saves considerable cost.
The 400 undeveloped acres that comprise Homeplace on Green River and the adjacent Tebbs Bend/Green River Nature area owned by Taylor County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area includes a wide variety of ecological systems including forest, wetlands, the Green River and its riparian zones, open fields and croplands. A great number of plants and animals are also present including both land and water birds, beaver, deer, turkeys, otter and other land and water animals.The Green River which borders Homeplace gives life to more species of plants and animals than any other Ohio River tributary. The stretch of the Green that passes Homeplace is documented as harboring one of the most diverse assemblages of fish and freshwater mussels in the United States.* Homeplace also offers access to five miles of well-marked nature trails, picnic areas and space for other family activities. It is used extensively by Scouts and area schools and colleges as an outdoor classroom.
Homeplace provides a living-learning-working farm that is being restored while remaining operational. It is 97% debt-free. Many dedicated and committed volunteers including its board of directors, partners, Kentucky colleges and universities as well as its established base of financial support foretell a bright future for Homeplace on Green River.