I am one of the developers of Alapine and I’ve lived in the area working on Alapine since 1996. I moved to the land in 2008 into a repossessed double-wide that I still haven’t completed. Before moving here to start Alapine I lived for 17 years at Pagoda, a lesbian community on the beach in St. Augustine. Recently I said in an interview that I have lived more years in Lesbian community than in the other world. I spend my time working to grow the community and to maintain & improve what we have on our 108 acres.
I love the area. It is so beautiful here. We have three state parks nearby with hiking and kayaking. The deepest canyon east of the Mississippi is 11 miles south of us. We have four seasons and the air is clean, the water is pristine, and the small towns are delightful. Believe it or not a nearby tourist town of 400 people has 5 places to eat.
We are eager to have more Lesbians move here and enjoy this beautiful land with us.
Living in Alapine for twenty years I enjoy seeing the trees and living in a rural setting, I am close enough to the small towns for groceries, work, medical care, and fun. The large cities near me allow me to enjoy many cultures, celebrate their lives and food. Most of what I need I can find in the town around me, I love the nature in the way of animals, plants, and the river. I see many a colorful sunrise on my way to work at the local Post Office, I am a mail carrier so I see people in the general community from all walks of life in all kinds of situations,. I love the sunsets so colorful above the outline of the mountain ranges.
I am an artist and my favorite form is story telling by creating ICON’s. I am an ordinated Unity minister and participate in the Unity of Chattanooga church. I am involved in the church’s pastoral care, visiting congregants at home or in the hospital. I also participate in the activities of The Multi-faith clergy in our area.
Rand lives in a small cabin she built on her land.
I came to Alapine in 1999. I was looking for a community of women, where I could live in comfort and not have to struggle to survive as I got older – so I wanted to be sure I could have the conveniences I was used to. I live in a three bedroom, two bath double-wide with my desired conveniences: hot and cold running water, flush toilets, washer and dryer, dish washer, internet, and a separate woodworking shop. It was also very important to me to live in womyn-only space, where my neighbors and my friends are one and the same.
Mary Alice and Ellen
Mary Alice and Ellen live in an earth-sheltered home they built themselves. They use only rainwater, use composting toilets, and heat with a wood burning stove. Mary Alice grows LOTS of food which they can and preserve.
Laura is living in her travel trailer (which never travels!)