The Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Our Story
A postcard of a castle on the Rhine River found in Germany by his father near the end of the Second World War is all it took for a very young Mike Freeman to dream of one day having a castle where he would live. While the fantasies of living the fairytale life fade into memories for most children, calling a majestic castle his home was more of a goal than a dream for this young man. Never wavering in his can-do attitude, Mike put his vision on paper for a high school drafting class project. From a thought, to drawing the plans, to breaking ground on the first tower; Mike, his wife and a group of ardent supporters, transformed a quiet rural area in Tennessee to a landmark destination known for a big white castle and a renaissance festival hosting over 70,000 people a year.