For more than 100 years, the ClaiHill family farm has brought joy to generations of the Claiborne family. Now, it brings joy to families and friends from around the country.
In, 1942, Russ and Miona (Hill) Claiborne purchased the home and small farm of J.H. & Ruth Wynn Tinsley. Mrs. Claiborne named the farm by combining her maiden name, Hill, and her married name, Claiborne. ClaiHill Farm was born.
Over the next 70 years, Russ and Miona raised their two boys on the estate and watched their five grandchildren and four great grandchildren come to know and love the southern home. After Mrs. Claiborne passed in 2013, her grandson, Donn Claiborne, Jr., purchased the property with the intent of renovating and turning the grounds into a place where families could gather and make memories, just like his family had done.
Though renovations have been made, the 100-year-old home keeps its old soul with the same historic façade. What was once a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, with a small kitchen, has been transformed into a three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom, with a gourmet kitchen connected to a grand back porch and fireplace. The home has been hosting overnight stays, small gatherings, and weddings since the fall of 2016.
Donn S. Claiborne, Jr., is a third-generation Claiborne, and is the man behind the vision of ClaiHill Farm. Born and raised in LaFollette, Donn has been surrounded by the rolling mountains and beautiful lakes of East Tennessee his whole life. Donn’s grandfather, Russell Claiborne, founded the successful family businesses—Claiborne Construction and Key Limestone. Both Donn and his father (Donn, Sr.) joined the Claiborne companies, contributing to their continued growth. From the family venture came Donn’s interest in real estate, which took him to the large markets in Miami and Atlanta, resulting in a rewarding career.
Donn brought his talent for real estate, renovation, and design back to his home in LaFollette. He became passionate about rehabilitating and transforming his grandparents’ empty house into the home he remembered and loved from childhood. Donn’s vision included sharing the beautiful home and grounds with others celebrating life events and special occasions.
Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a wedding, family reunion, or a fall break, Donn invites you to enjoy the refreshing beauty and happiness of ClaiHill Farm.