Developer wants to transform Reba McEntire’s old farm into farmer's market, event venue, and winery

Posted at 1:39 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 20:17:27-04

LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF) — A developer recently purchased Reba McEntire's former farm and has plans to transform it into a farmer’s market, winery, and an event venue.

The 46-acre property is located in Wilson County, just south of Gallatin on State Road 109.

The property has sat unused for years until Jay Wilfong bought it in April.

Wilfong said, "Been sitting here begging for something with merit to be done with it."

Wilfong plans on turning it into an agritourism destination.

Wilfong said, "I'm so excited I can't hardly stand up to tell you the truth."

His dream is to also have a fruit and vegetable picking program, and a barbecue restaurant, if he can get zoning approval.

Wilfong said, "Hoping to get blessed by the county for a restaurant."

The 16 horse stalls will most likely be converted into space for market vendors.

He plans on having one or two horses on the property for hay rides. However, the indoor arena will be converted into a music hall.

Wilfong said, "What we're going to do here this will be another events area we'll have a circular riser stage, whatever you want to call it, in the middle."

Where you might see a pasture, Jay saw opportunity.

Wilfong said, "I've driven by it for years and always thought about the possibility."

They're hoping to have a pond, maybe some RV parking, and a small saw mill.

Wilfong hopes to open up the you-pick season this summer.

Wilfong said, "I think the public will love it."

He expects the project will take 3 to 5 years to complete.

Wilfong operates a tiny home rental community through Airbnb nearby. He says folks visiting will be able to stay there too.

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