By Ralphine Major

It was her vision in retirement.  Becky and Ron Calfee opened The Hen House several years ago, and it has been a vital part of Gibbs Community.

Sadly, Becky passed away in April after a brief battle with cancer.  (See Focus columns 4-15-19, 4-22-19, and 4-29-19).  It was her wish that The Hen House remain a fixture in the community.

The Calfee family has remained resilient during Becky’s sickness and death, relying on their faith, family, and friends.  They have been working very hard over these last few weeks to honor Becky’s wish.

Managed by Bridget Calfee, Becky’s Hen House will open on Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will feature antiques, home goods, and creations.  Some of the homemade items include goat milk honey soap, goat milk lavender and honey soap, and goat milk lavender and lemon soap.

The store is open on Saturdays only.

Other times, shoppers may visit the online store at  The Grand Opening is scheduled for September 7 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with free hotdogs and Snow Cone Eddie from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Becky’s Hen House is located at 7917 Emory Road, NE, Corryton, Tennessee 37721, phone 865-216-4334.

Becky would be so proud that her family is continuing what she started with their mission “to provide a country home feel with unique items and gifts.”

Look for the sign at the road and stop in for a fun time at Becky’s Hen House!  As mentioned on the website, “her hen house store is as unique as she was.”


Come to the Grainger County Tomato Festival, July 26-28, Rutledge, Tennessee!  “Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin” authors will be there!