Our Past. Our Future. Our Hall of Fame

Our Past

Country boy. City Girl.

Hoyte Eakes was a country boy, but Miss Jane Baldwin was a city girl. The only way she’d agree to marry him was if he promised not to move her “too far” into the country. Smart fella that he was, Mr. Hoyte looked around and found 80 acres or so on the northeastern edge of Nashville along the banks of the Cumberland River. That was back around 1950 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now more than 60 years later, The Eakes’ grandson, Nathan Mills, manages the day-to-day duties of farm management, just like his grandfather taught him. Hidden Acres Farm has always been a labor of love and it appears that the farm is in good hands for some time to come.

The Eakes couldn’t have chosen a better name for the farm. It is, indeed, a hidden farm, nestled amid a residential community, just a short distance from the Grand Ole Opry. It is easily accessed by I-40 and Briley Parkway making it an ideal location for Nashvillians or those in adjoining counties looking for the perfect place to board their equine companions.

You can rest assured the the Hidden Acres team will care for your horse just as meticulously as they care for their own. 

Our Future

Our beloved farm took a direct hit from a tornado on March 3, 2020 at 12:45am. Trying to get to the farm and literally climbing over trees at 1:00am, we were not prepared for what we would find.
Our barns gone, debris everywhere, and we were terrified that we would find our 4 legged friends as casualties. We couldn’t get to the barn but could see into the stalls (block stalls!! Always have block stalls!!) and could see all stall horses survived. We trekked out to the pasture and it looked totally normal, like a tornado never passed through and all horses were fine. We knew we had to wait till daylight so we returned to our own broken homes to try to rest for the work to come. When daylight came, we had neighbors, friends, boarders, and strangers there to help us make organized chaos out of all the debris.
We had people feed us, love on us, donate heavy machinery, bring their entire work crews to volunteer, and more. We honestly don’t know who all showed up because there were so many and we were just in survival mode. We estimate that over the course of that week we had at least 200 volunteers show up. We have rebuilt but still have more to finish. We want to thank you all for being there for us when we needed you the most. Our family is incredibly grateful for our friends, neighbors, and community.

Our Hall of Fame

Although now primarily a boarding facility, Hidden Acres originally established itself as a premier Tennessee Walking Horse Breeding facility. With more than 100 broodmares in residence, many in foal to our own World Champion Stallions, our annual foal crop often included many top ribbon winners.