Tojo Creek Ranch
~ 986 Thomas Road
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087 ~ Ph:
Dried Gourds ~ Crafted Gourds ~ Books
Supplies ~ Eggs ~ Field Trips
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Shortly after buying our small farm north of Lebanon, Tennessee, we planted a pack of mixed gourd seeds from Wal-Mart. I took a few of the small colorful ones to work. One of my co-workers told me about the Tennessee Gourd Society Festival and Show at the Wilson County Fairgrounds that very next weekend.
We were amazed by all the things people made with gourds. Painted, carved, stained, and wood-burned. Vases, bowls, lamps, and ornaments. And, of course, Birdhouses. The possibilities were endless.
I found a niche product I could grow and Zena found a new medium for her art.
We grow several acres of gourds each year. We sell our dried gourds and crafted gourds on the farm and at selected arts and crafts fairs and festivals. We teach gourd crafts in our on-farm studio. We host group field trips. We also sell fresh, cage-free eggs.
John and Zena Swendiman
Directions From I-40:
Exit #238, US Highway 231. Go North to Lebanon. Continue north on Highway 231 for 5 miles. Do not turn off 231 until you Go PAST the Carroll Oakland School. Turn on the first left Past the School on Old Hunters Point Road. Go 1 mile and turn left onto Conoe Branch Road. Turn left immediately on Thomas Road. Go 1 mile and follow signs to Tojo Creek Gourds.
The Legend of Tojo Creek:
Long ago an ancient band of wanderers roamed the forest at the point of a mighty river we now call the Cumberland. They called the forest Hunters Point.
One day, Tojo the Elder discovered a secret cave from which a magic stream flowed. The waters made Tojo immortal. He called the stream Tojo Creek.
To this day no one knows where that secret cave is. The wood elves say if you enter these woods at midnight of the first full moon after the winter solstice and be very very still, you will hear Tojo dip his drinking gourd into the creek, take a sip, and begin to sing his song.
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