Here is how we are gonna manage this process. We are reaching back, way back, to fuedal Europe for the governance model we will use to develop and expand our work here. My sister, Lady Elizabeth, will sit with me and Lady Rebecca as a Family Council to develop our objectives, work plans, resource requirements, and tactical operations to make sure we can accomplish our goals. We want to start small but expand as our capabilities and knowledge of the past ways increases. We will set priorities, establish rules and codes of conduct, and other management mechanisms. At some point we hope to involve other members of the family and perhaps other interested people to help implement crafts and trades that will further our goals. We will ultimately develop some profitable activities to help sustain our efforts. You can learn more about this on the "Crafts" page.

About the Settlement

Indian Creek Settlement

The Most Honorable and Ancient Order of the Golden Rule


Our goals are simple:

  1. We want to reclaim the land from the briars and brambles and make it productive again;
  2. We want to become as self-sufficient and self-reliant as possible, using methods and means that are in line with the philosophy of "Land Ethic";
  3. We want to develop and enhance our ability to make what we need and to develop the craftsmanship and tradesmanship necessary to maintain a self-reliant lifestyle;
  4. Finally, we want to make this place something that Papaw and Mamaw, as well as the rest of the family, would be proud of.

Indian Creek Settlement is situated on the land that was the home of our grandfather Samuel Calvin Sergent and his wife Polly Ann (Taylor) Sergent, our grandmother. Here on Indian Creek they raised 9 children and were instrumental in the raising of a bunch of grandchildren. Their daughter, Ethel Ione (Sergent) Sanders and her husband William Bruce Sanders, settled for a time up in the holler above Sam and Polly Ann. Ethel and Bruce had 7 children and we kids got a pretty good start on life here. Papaw and Dad worked together raising gardens and livestock to help feed all the hungry mouths. We all learned a lot from Papaw and Mamaw about life in general, and living a hard life in the country in particular.

My name is Timothy Bruce Sanders. After Papaw and Mamaw passed away, I was fortunate to be able to purchase most of the land and the old homeplace. I always dreamed of coming back home and finally got the opportunity. My  sister Marcia Elizabeth has conspired with me to try and rehabilitate and restore this land back to something my Mamaw and Papaw would be proud of. It's gonna be a lot of hard work but it's gonna be worth it.

In undertaking this adventure, we plan on getting back to the old ways of doing things as we remember as much as possible. We are glad that our Aunt Jeanie and our uncles are supportive of what we are trying to do. I am sure we will be getting a lot of advice and useful information from them as we go along.

As we go along, we will keep in mind the philosophy of Aldo Leopold who was one of the early conservationists and who realized that a community is not only made up of us humans, but it encompasses the whole environment; he said: "The Land Ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively, the land."