In a lot of ways, a trip down Old Hillsboro Road in the heart of this unincorporated town eight miles west of Franklin is like driving back in time.
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The 97 acres known as Covered Bridge Farm has been added to the Big East Fork Retreat Center and Lodging, a retreat, farm and lodging community.
Award-winning singer-songwriter John Hiatt has sold his Leipers Fork property known as Covered Bridge Farm to a Williamson County land preservationist for $2.15 million.
Buyer Dr. Jonathan Oppenheimer has added the 97-acre horse farm at 5539 Big East Fork Road to his Big East Fork Retreat Center and Lodging. That retreat, farm and lodging community adjacent to Old Natchez Trace Parkway and Highway 96 now has 10 homes that are rented through Airbnb and other short-term rental sites.
“This makes it 2,000 acres of preserved area, including streams, lakes, farm and about 15 miles of hiking trails extending from Leipers Fork to Williamson County’s Timberland Park,” Oppenheimer said. “The purpose is to protect the land and creatures so the land can grow back into an old-growth forest.”
Two years ago Hiatt, who penned the classic “Have a Little Faith in Me,” put Covered Bridge Farm on the market for $2.69 million after owning it for more than 23 years.
The property, which is named after an antique red bridge that spans the Harpeth River tributary flowing alongside the road, includes a cabin from the early 20th century, a 1920s farmhouse, an art studio, stables, pastures and a covered bridge. The farmhouse at the front of the site has five bedrooms and two bathrooms.
In 2005 Oppenheimer began buying land in the Leipers Fork area for preservation with the purchase of roughly 85 acres from musician “Mike” Utley of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. The prostate cancer pathologist created the Center for Sustainable Stewardship to connect people to the land, which he said has therapeutic, educational and inspirational values.
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