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Cherokee Farms 

Lafayette Georgia 30728

Larry "Smokey" Edward Caldwell

Larry “Smokey” Edward Caldwell age 80, passed away Saturday - March 12, 2022. He was born in Dalton, Georgia to the late Edward Franklin Caldwell and Martha Hazel Edwards Caldwell. Smokey had many layers to his life and had resided in the LaFayette area for the past sixty years. He served his country for six years in the U.S. Navy as a Gunners Mate. He excelled in a career with the Georgia Forestry Commission including fire-fighting, leading and teaching rescue. This took him across the United States. During those years he also was a foster parent, Sunday school teacher, had an upholstery shop and enjoyed caving. As a former Walker County Rescue Chief in 1976 he developed a safer rope for Rescuers and Cavers and founded Pigeon Mountain Industries. This grew with partners into PMI Rope Company in LaFayette, Georgia that still operates today. Smokey was a cave explorer with several discoveries and recues all over the world to his credit. He assisted in mapping 37 miles of Mammoth Caves and lead the mapping of Ellison’s Cave. In 1992 he went to work for Voice of America, the U.S. Government International Radio Network, where he taught radio tower riggers rope safety around the world. Smokey’s next vision was to develop the event venue known as Cherokee Farms in Mineral Springs, which will continue to operate. He was of the Baptist faith, a member of the National Speological Society and humbly donated to all branches of the Walker County First Responders.

He was an extrodanary Man that lived a very Active and Remarkable Advendurance Life~

He will be sadley missed by so many~ But he will never be forgotten.


There will be a "Life Celebration" for "Smokey" on May 30th @ 1:30  Open to the Public for  all to attend .

Please contact us if you would like to Volunteer during this time.

Cherokee Farms 

2035 Old mineral Springs Rd

Lafayette Ga 30728 

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Upcoming Public Events 

April 8th 9th 2022

FLAME (Flow Arts Movement Exchange) Festival is one of the largest educational retreats for fire performers and hobbyists, and one of seven events made possible by the Flow Arts Institute. 

FLAME Festival is the largest fire festival in the Southeast. Every year on the 2nd weekend of April we gather at Cherokee Farms to celebrate the new festival season. Join us and hundreds of other like-minded artists at our next event!


April 29 ~ May 1     Family Funktion 

Bringing the Underground - Experimental Music to the South-East.

Our intention is to provide a weekend full of good energy with talented, pure individuals sharing their craft. We’ve worked on this lineup for months now and we couldn’t be happier.

Since a portion of the proceeds will be going to help the local Chattanooga Women, the Divine Feminine takeover will be showcasing the divine feminine energy- in all of its forms.

We are minimizing the capacity to keep it intimate, so snag your tickets @


                                                           Life Celebration  for  "Smokey Caldwell"

Campers will be allowed entrance beginning May 27th @ 9am

RV's Welcome with ( No Elec or Power Hookups)

Main Ceremony will Be on Monday Memorial Day MAY 3Oth @ 1:30pm

Please Join Us ~In Celebrating the Legendary Life of this Extraordinary. Remarkable. Legendary Man we all came to Love. Honor, Admire. And Respect.

We will forever and always carry him in our Hearts and in Loving Happy Memories of "Smokey Caldwell"

Have questions ? Contact Gypsy @

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Ceremony will begin 1:30  May 30th @ Cherokee Farms 

2035 Old Mineral Springs Ga 30728

July 30th 

Chattanooga Rugby Football

Chattanooga Rugby Football Club, or Nooga Rugby, was founded in 1978

Nooga Rugby has won seven True South conference titles: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2022

Nooga Rugby plays home matches at Montague Park

Nooga Rugby competes at both the Division III and Division II levels of the True South Rugby Union, facing teams in Tennessee, Alabama, and New Orleans

Nooga Rugby is a 501(c)3 nonprofit We aim to Make Chattanooga Better Through Rugby by participating in multiple community service events throughout the year, including an annual Toys for Tots drive

Nooga Rugby currently features players from South Africa and Kenya, along with various regions of the United States



Sep 23~ 25    Valley Vibes Music & Arts Festival

Valley Vibes is the Tennessee Valley’s penultimate music and art gathering. Valley Vibes 2022 will be the fourth incarnation of the event, which provides local musicians and artists with a sizeable platform to promote their music, funds a scholarship for local students, and donates items for the food insecure. We hope you’ll join us for three days of camping, music, art, comedy, professional wrestling, food trucks, and much more this Fall!

For more info ~Click on Link Below 


Oct 13 ~17   Alchemy Burn


Alchemy 2022 planning is in full swing, and we are excited to announce our ticketing information for this year.

First Wave: Fri, Jun 3 @ 7pm EDT

(1750 tickets will be available at $175/each)

Second Wave: Sat, July 9 @ 3pm EDT

(250 tickets will avilable at $190/each)

**Ticket Links will be available closer to the actual dates and rest assured the announcement of our COVID policies will occur with plenty of time before ticket sales.**

Nov 4th thru 6th  HemlockFest

HemlockFest is three days of music, camping and fun for all ages with proceeds helping to save North Georgia’s Hemlock trees

Our hemlocks are dying. The non-native hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a parasitic insect killing the hemlock trees of Appalachia at an alarming rate. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that HWA has already killed millions of hemlocks across their native range, and it continues its devastating march in North Georgia.

100% of HemlockFest proceeds aid efforts to minimize the impact of HWA in Georgia. HemlockFest is a major supporter of predator beetle rearing labs at area colleges and universities. The effort to introduce predator beetles, which feed on HWA and are a safe and effective biological control, may help to save our forests and preserve our quality-of-life. Find out more about the HWA crisis and the many other ways you can help save the hemlock trees of the Southern Appalachians by visiting