Fence Posts & Fireflies Festival
The Fence Posts & Fireflies Festival held annually:
The Venue Barn at Kimsey Acres
197 New Hope Road SE
Cleveland TN 37323
From Chattanooga/ Atlanta/ Nashville Side:
- Take I-75 N to US-74 E which is exit 20
- Continue on US-74 E. then take take US-64 E to Kinser Road
- Turn right onto Kinser Rd, go 1.3 mi go through four way stop,it becomes New Hope Rd, then Farm is on the left.
From Knoxville/ Eastern Side
- Take I-40 W to I-75 to Georgetown Rd NW/State 60 S which is exit 25 from I-75
- Take exit 25 onto State 60S toward Cleveland and US-64 E to Kinser Road
- Turn right onto Kinser Rd, go 1.3 mi go through four way stop, it becomes New Hope Rd, then Farm on
On the outskirts of Cleveland Tennessee proper, the Venue at Kimsey Acres provides the perfect setting for a weekend of family, fun and good food.
History of Cleveland Tennessee
In 1819, the Cherokee Agency was moved to the Hiwassee area, a few miles north of what is now Cleveland. The Indian agent was Colonel Return J. Meigs. Charleston and Blythe’s Ferry would both figure prominently in the Cherokee Removal in the late 1830s.
The legislative act that created Bradley County in 1836 authorized the establishment of a county seat. This seat, Cleveland, was to be named “Cleveland” after Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. Cleveland was a commander at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution. The commissioners chose “Taylor’s Place,” the home of Andrew Taylor, as the location for the county seat. This was due largely to the site’s excellent water sources. By 1838, Cleveland had a population of 400, and was home to two churches and a school, the Oak Grove Academy. The city was incorporated on February 4, 1842.
Tourism is a major part of Cleveland’s income. Several attractions in and around Cleveland attract visitors. Perhaps the Cherokee National Forest is responsible for the majority of the income. The forest yields many outdoor activities. Two rivers, the Ocoee and Hiwassee, flow through the forest. Thousands of people travel to the area every year to raft these rivers. Red Clay State Park is a historical site just above the Georgia state line. The Cherokee Indians took council here upon being driven out of Georgia. The Museum Center at Five Points is a history museum and cultural center which features exhibits on the Ocoee Region and surrounding areas. The Ocoee Regional Nature Center is a state-certified arboretum. It houses over 100 types of trees, plants, flowers, and shrubs.