By Daily Mail Reporter. If you thought hippie communities of the Sixties were dead, think again. Still going strong is America's oldest, The Farma piece of 1, acre land located in Tennessee, that at its peak in the Eighties had 1, members and attracted celebrity visitors like Walter Cronkite and Phil Donahue.
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But the people who live at the Farm —a 1,acre spread in the heart of Tennessee—have managed to hang on to the hippie spirit. It isn't like they sit around talking about peace and love all the time, and hugging one another, and meditating, and eating tofu, and drinking soy coffee, and smoking weed, and criticizing the government, and making hopelessly earnest remarks—well, actually, it is like that, come to think of it. Farm residents do all that stuff, as I learned only too well during my four-day visit, this past January.
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We were participating in a world record attempt for skinny-dippingthe idea being that at 3 p. Intentional nudity with strangers has never been an activity I found appealing. I pictured either sandy beaches with hippies splashing about in the sand or a dungeon of wild sex parties.
As they simplify their lives in middle age, former hippies find themselves returning to the land. When she first found the place that would one day become her retirement home, Kathy Connors was 16 years old and seven months pregnant. She left the Chicago suburbs and hitched a ride with a trucker she knew to a commune in south-central Tennessee.
The Farm is an intentional community in Lewis County, Tennesseenear the town of SummertownTennessee based on principles of nonviolence and respect for the Earth. The Farm was the setting for "the rebirth of midwifery in the United States" and the creation of "the modern home-birth movement. The Farm was established after Stephen Gaskin and friends led a caravan of 60 buses, vans, and trucks from San Francisco on a four-month speaking tour across the US.
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The pair then settled into a nearby cabin where the caretaker, suspicious by their license plate-less car and age difference, as well as their demeanor, called the cops. Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. TBI and Twitter photos.
In the dance between developing individual consciousness and a newly evolving culture, small groups that are in some way isolated from the larger culture can play an important role in creating, incubating and beginning to stabilize the new ideas and values. Post Modern Culture had its beginnings more than a century ago, but the turbulent years which included the Cold War, the Vietnam and Korean Wars, the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, the Kent State killings, and much more ignited a cultural revolution that led many baby boomers to question the status quo, and to search for some new meaning to life. Travel any highway and you would find young people and some not so young along the road, leaving their middle class homes or aborting their college educations and looking for something new.