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Would You Homestead?
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Pat M.    Posted 08-09-2004 at 21:27:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Howdy All,
In my search for a more rural area to move to...albeit, while I think that this may be futile and of a solitary nature in that my family could not survive with more than a ten mile drive from Walmart's...the internet beckoned me to a site that claims they can find you government land for cheap money, and of course, it costs $19.95 for the book on how to find this *land*.
There, too on the Google search, was a site posted by the Government herself/himself stating that there is no such thing as cheap land and that occasionally the BLM does sell land at a fair market value. The Homestead Act for all intends and purposes is null and void?
Also on this Gov. site was a survey that asks [for what reason, I do NOT know] if you would if you could, Homestead on some remote Western Land? Of the 1,400+ people who answered this survey, 96% said *YES*.
What would you say?

deadcarp    Posted 08-10-2004 at 10:23:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe i'm spoiled living between a river and lake but i wouldn't consider any place that didn't have its own ready water or had to count on some darn system for it. We only last a few days without it and bureaucrats have long ago proven they couldn't fix anything that fast if their tails were on fire. Also wouldn't trust anybody who advertized homesteading or some other situation that's been defunct for eons. Wait til you can, then find a spot by looking, get whatever you can afford and make the best of it. :)

DigitalMat    Posted 08-09-2004 at 22:38:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to live farther than I do now, but I am actually more isolated now. Sounds wierd, but the terrain makes it this way. I live up on a mountain, and it is pretty rugged up here. Nothing but farms and such. But I am only 2 miles from stores, restaurants, vet, lawyer, courthouse, mechanic, etc. This works because I live 1 mile up this mountain. No business wants to locate up here out of the way. Yuppieville is less than 10 miles away in the southern part of the county. Extreme convienience, with extreme isolation. I don't think I will ever move.

Mike in tn    Posted 08-09-2004 at 21:37:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, not moving. My Dad, Grandad and great Grandad all were born, lived and died within 1 mile of where I live now. We just don't move around. Can't go on vacation over about 3 days or I get homesick. Already bought some land next to me for my son to build on someday. Hope he does anyway. Think he probably will stay close to home as he is 16 and still won't spend the night away from home.

Pat M.    Posted 08-09-2004 at 21:51:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mike, I can tell you are from TN.! I am a transplant to TN. from Ohio. While there is some awesome land in these parts, I am about 50 miles south of Nashville, in the heart of yuppieville. Suburbia is closing in fast.
It seems that those who are born and raised here, feel exactly as you do. Family ties are very close and ties to the land or town where they were born. I see this as a good thing.
I have looked at some land/farms over in East TN and just love it there, plus the rest of my family [my sister's children] moved to East TN near the Smokies, many years ago too.
I would be content there, closer to them even though they are grown and actually just a few years younger than me. My kids love it there with all the touristy things that I would as soon be far away from. VBG.

Mike in tn    Posted 08-09-2004 at 22:02:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
East Tennesse around the Smokey Mountains is a beautiful area. I am About 60 miles northeast of Nashville, 15 miles south of Kentucky line.

ron,ar    Posted 08-10-2004 at 05:20:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I spent some time in Johnson City area last month, beautiful place.

toolman    Posted 08-09-2004 at 21:49:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure i would i am thinking of moving anyways have been wanting to for a few years but still had family, they are all gone now, you bet i would but i haven,t been able to find anyplace i like as much as here yet and the first thing i buy next time around is a backhoe, will never do this all over again without one.

ron,ar    Posted 08-10-2004 at 05:23:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Dad has a Case backhoe/front end loader. That is the handiest thing to have around. We always had tractors but that 'hoe is indespensable.

Pat M.    Posted 08-09-2004 at 22:12:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Toolman, where are you now?
Back in the sixty's and early seventies, several of my friends got very involved with the *back to the land* movements.I have always been so, half heartedly. But I feel that I have combined rural and suburban life due to the fact that I have always worked outside the home due to necessity. I have seen myself on a farm or ranch like the Booker Ranch in "The Horse Whisperer" or the farm in "Bridges of Madison County". I have poured over issues of "Countryside" magazine, or "Mother Earth"
Who knows. Maybe I equate "inner peace" with an outwardly tranqil place to live. I have the feeling that this rush, rush, existence I have now is not what I was meant to have? Maybe my dreams of a *pipe in daylight farm* are just a *pipe dream*?

toolman    Posted 08-09-2004 at 22:20:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
im in southern british columbia, it is quite nice here but yuppiville has come to my little valley, i don,t do well with all the commerce that everyone is selling their soul for,some things are more important , i fought and still fight to presever our little valley and with my friends we are doin ok but someday the big money will win out over us so i look now for a place where i will make one more move and maybe if im lucky i,ll find a place of my dreams where i can live out the rest of my years in peace and tranquillity, gotta have those dreams don,t give up on yours if you want it bad enough you,ll find,s out there for us all i think.

Pat. M    Posted 08-09-2004 at 22:45:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gee Toolman, I have always thought that your part of Canada was pretty rural? Not that I am an expert on Canada. But say compared to Quebec, or Toronto or the Falls?
There are ads in some magazines for rural land in Canada that sound pretty reasonable. Of course I can never figure out the currency exchange. VBG.
I have this big ole Straight Egyptian Arabian stallion, a couple of mares and two geldings. I visualize them out in a pasture running without having to worry about them getting out onto a busy highway.{We DO have fences, but you never know} Likewise with the rest of our many critters.

toolman    Posted 08-10-2004 at 00:41:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
yes were better off than those places but we are too close to places like calgary, edmonton, and vancouver and we get alot of traccic around here from those places , people looking to relocate out off the cities or a summer cottage, a winter ski retreat, and they keep a comming ,your dollar is worth more up here anywhere from 0.25 to 0.30 more depending on the daybut thats where it usually ranges, we are off the beaten track where i live the highway is on the other side off the river,but we have a rail line running through our valley , a neighbour lost two horses on it this past spring , i was on my way home in the dark and found three more before they could get hit, that was the first that i ever remembered getting hit at least in the 25 years i have been here,it,s nice to see them out on pasture and running and playin with the deer , i laugh when the elk are around though, the horses don,t seem to want to share their pasture with them as much as the deer and do a little challanging act, the elk could care less, nice to watch though.

Pat M.    Posted 08-10-2004 at 08:02:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A long time ago, when I was married to my first husband [only had far], when I lived in Ohio, we had a farm that my father in law purchased. It was 40 acres of sheer Heaven and in a part of Ohio that has rolling hills and skiing in the winter. Not that I ever skiied, but so you can picture the lay of the land.
On this farm, he had 20 acres fenced in with an eight foot high fence and had about 20 head of Elk and 4 or 5 Deer. The horses pasture was right next to them and they neither one ever seemed to pay much attention to one another. It was kind of neat when people came to visit and the male Elk would bugle. They would get this terrified look on their face! And the females always replied with a sound that I can only describe as *sma-a-a-ck*.
One winter, there was a huge snowdrift near the fence and a few ventured outside. I had a neighbor call and ask if I knew my Elk were out? I asked them, "How do you know they are our Elk?"
It was a rush to watch them. Esp. in the Spring rain. They would run and "buck" and stand on their hindlegs.

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