Hidden Spring Farm, LLC has openings for weddings, birthday parties and events.

It took Steve and Kelly Russell over six months to muck out the 50 year-old-barn that was once home to cattle. And although it was dirty, back breaking work, they couldn’t be happier with the results.

Once the barn was clean and the concrete floor poured, Hidden Spring Farm, LLC sprang to life.

Now the farm is on its way to becoming a popular venue for weddings, birthday parties and the occasional picture backdrop.

TOP PHOTO:  Kelly Russell, (center), recently opened the barn to allow (left to right) Nick Sharp, Alexis Potts, Bailey McKamey and Drew Croley have their pre-formal pictures taken.

“I always wanted to do a venue,” said Kelly Russell. Buying a section of the Stiner farm gave her and husband, Steve, the opportunity to do just that.

The couple was living in Jacksboro when the farm was auctioned. After buying a section of the property, they built a house on the front part of the land. That is when Kelly began thinking about building a barn to use as an event venue. Then she looked to the right of her house and there was the barn.

Hidden Spring Farm, LLC offers a kitchen but doesn’t have in house catering.

While the massive structure had once been home to cattle and the occasional tobacco crop, she could see the potential. That is when the shovels were brought out, and the stalls came down.

Having spent a career in food service, Russell was no stranger to hosting people. In fact, it is what she enjoys.

Now, four weeks into being officially open, Hidden Spring Farm, LLC has already hosted a birthday party, will soon host a wedding and is booked for most of May.

“I just enjoy doing this,” Russell said.

A deck was added to the back of the barn following the renovations.

Hidden Spring Farm, LLC is located up the valley east of La Follette and offers multiple amenities depending on the need of the client.

The barn has a kitchen with a warming station, sink and counter space along with three restrooms on site.

For weddings or parties, the barn, which can hold 300 people, has tables, chairs, a stationary wagon, curtains, overhead lighting and curtains. Those renting the barn for birthday parties have access to the animals in the petting zoo with miniature horses, rabbits, Babydoll Sheep and goats as well as an inflatable jump pad measuring 30 x30 feet.

Currently, the barn can be rented for the day, a half day, or if a wedding is planned, the rental is for Friday night through Saturday night. The barn will open seasonally from March until November.

“We are also hoping to host corporate events,” Russell said.  For more information call 423-494-1037 or visit them on Facebook at Hidden Spring Farm, LLC. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/16/2019-6AM)

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