Promise Manor hosts Night of Hope on Oct. 17

Reason for Hope founder Jacob Haywood will host a Night of Hope with Promise Manor’s Kayla White on October 17. {Photo Provided}

Imagine a night of community enjoying spiritual comfort, comfort foods, and live music under a canopy of twinkle lights and the backdrop of the historic Green-Evans-Hudgens house in Lynchburg. That’s the vision of Reason for Hope’s Jacob Haywood and Promise Manor’s Kayla White for the first annual Night of Hope event to be held on October 17 at 5 p.m.

Sister’s death inspires Reason For Hope

Six years ago, Reason For Hope founder Jacob Haywood, a native of Tullahoma, unexpectedly lost his twin sister, Jaimie Haywood Dornon – a wife, mother of two, sister, and daughter.

At the time of his sister’s death, Haywood served as youth pastor in White House and a seminary student pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. His sister’s sudden death sparked in him a need to understand and that search led to the launch of Reason for Hope in 2018, a Christian organization that seeks to promote faith and hope in the face of suffering.

“The more I studied, the more I found that God is still good and there is still hope even though my circumstances screamed the opposite,” Haywood says. “Hope was the single factor that kept me going. And if that is what helped me in my darkest moments, I knew I had to proclaim that hope to fellow sufferers as well.”

A night of comfort food, inspiration, and live music

October marks the one year anniversary of that inspiration. Since then, Haywood’s moved back to his hometown of Tullahoma to serve as the youth pastor at Grace Baptist Church. He is also now enrolled in the PhD program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary studying Christian Apologetics with a focus on the problem of evil and suffering.

“I love teaching students how to defend their faith and give a reason for their hope in Jesus. But having suffered the loss of my sister, I also have a burning desire to give hope to the hurting,” Haywood says. “Reason For Hope incorporates both avenues.”

The October event at Promise Manor fulfills Haywood’s dream of a live, in-person event that combines his loves of food, live music, and hospitality in a way that injects hope into the community.

Promise Manor founder Kayla White says when Haywood approached her with the idea for the event in her historic Lynchburg venue it filled her with both gratitude and excitement because the three share a childhood connection. White, Haywood, and his twin sister all grew up on the same street in Tullahoma.

“Jaimie’s life and death played a significant role in my journey to Christ and ultimately Promise Manor, and her legacy continues to bring light in darkness and hope in the midst of chaos,” White said. “Night of Hope is about celebrating the fact that although our world around us is crumbling, the loss of loved ones is unbearable at times, and the uncertainty of the unknown haunts us, there is hope and His name is Jesus.”

Tickets to the event are $45 and include a catered meal of comfort foods and a presentation by Haywood entitled, How to Trust God Amidst Evil and Suffering. The night will culminate with a concert by Nashville singer/songwriters Channing Gillespie, Arthur Alligood, and Justin Tweito, who will share original songs of hardship and hope and the stories behind them.

“The night is designed to fill your belly, educate your mind, and inspire your heart,” Haywood said. “We hope this is just the start of an uplifting event the community will look forward to every year.”

Promise Manor is located at 686 Motlow Barn Road in Lynchburg. To purchase tickets, visit the Promise Manor or Reason for Hope websites. For more information, email Haywood at •

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

FridayFight Like a Girl Benefit for Breast Cancer at Twin Creeks Marina: Four female country music artist will play at Twin Creeks’ open air event center, The Honeysuckle, on Friday to perform for a good cause. Trick Pony’s Heidi Newfield, Anita Cochran, Suzanne Alexander, and Jamie O’Neal will play from 7-10 p.m. at the Fight Like a Girl Concert to benefit the Love Anchors Breast Cancer Fund. There will be limited seating due to social distancing. To get yours, click here. Doors will open at 5 p.m. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

FridayWaterfall Photography Class at Old Stone Fort:  Photographers love to take pics of waterfalls, but it’s a little more complicated than point and shoot. On July 10, David Duplessis of Tennessee Photographers will host an All Day Outdoor Waterfall Photography Class at Old Fort State Park in Manchester. Students should bring a DSLR camera, lenses, a tripod with shutter release, and wear clothing they don’t mind getting wet. There will be a small amount of hiking and since the class does not provide lunch or water, students should plan to bring their own. To learn more, click here.

FridayRolling Stones Havana Moon at Montana: In May 2016, the Rolling Stones played a historic concert in front of over 500,000 Cubans. It marked the first time a foreign rock band played an open-air concert in Cuba to a crowd that size. Director Paul Dugdale had the foresight to produce a concert film around it. That film, The Rolling Stone: Havana Moon, will play on Friday at the Montana Drive In. See our complete coverage here.

FridayNight Hike to Stone Door: Hiking to Stone Door at South Cumberland State Park is always fun but a guided night hike under a new moon is sure to be special. Ranger Spencer will guide this two mile hike through the beautiful Savage Gulf area. This hike is limited to the first 10 people to register and is $10 per person. Please meet the ranger at the Stone Door Station about 15 minutes before the start of the hike to check in. To register, click here.

SaturdayQuarantine Chameleon opening at Tullahoma Art Center: The COVID-19 quarantine has brought out a lot of unique expressions. On Saturday, local artist Joy Snead will open her Quarantine Chamelon show at the Tullahoma Art Center. The self-taught artist will show her works inspired by her time at home during the global pandemic. The opening takes place from 12-2 p.m. at the TAC located at 401 South Jackson Street. Click here for more details.

SundayBeginners Cookie Class at Promise Manor: Tullahoma-based small business Sami Kay’s Cookies will host a Beginner’s Cookie Class on Sunday at Promise Manor from 1-4 p.m. Students will learn tips, tricks, and secret to creating gorgeous iced cookies with a summer theme. To register for the event, click here.

Promise Manor featured on Tennessee Crossroads

Lynchburg’s Igniter Productions shot a music promo at Promise Manor in January. The local historic home and private events venue will be featured on Tennessee Crossroads this week. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — If you’ve exhausted your Netflix cue recently, one of Lynchburg’s own will be on the small screen beginning Thursday night.

National Public Television’s Tennessee Crossroads will feature local historic home turned special events venue Promise Manor this week. The episodes will air on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. or Sunday, March 29 at 10 a.m.

The first episode of Tennessee Crossroad aired in 1987. Since then, they’ve been crisscrossing the state highways and back roads highlighting the people, places, food, events, and crafts that make our state unique. In the past, they’ve featured other Lynchburg locales like Barrel House BBQ, the Lynchburg Cake and Candy Company, Miss Mary Bobo’s Restaurant, and others.

Birdie Evans, the mother of Mary Evans Bobo of Miss Mary Bobo’s fame, on the porch at what would become Promise Manor. {Historic Photo}

Promise Manor exists in the historic Green-Evans-Hudgens House on Motlow Barns Road. The NPT crew stopped by to chat with venue owners Dennis and Kayla White last November. The 1850-era home was once the home of Birdie Evans – the mother of Miss Mary Evans Bobo’s for whom Lynchburg’s famous restaurant is named.

The charming locals venue hosts baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, and other private and public special events. It’s built in the Greek Revival style and feature historic murals, and sprawling, landscaped grounds.

To learn more about them, visit their Facebook page or website. If you happen to miss the NPT airing of the episode, you can watch it at the Tennessee Crossroads website. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Promise Manor added to Best Christmas Lights list

Promise Manor Christmas lights
WPLN in Nashville recently featured Lynchburg’s Promise Manor on their list of best Middle Tennessee Christmas lights. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — As anyone who’s driven down Motlow Barns Road at night can tell you, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Promise Manor. Located inside one of the oldest and most historic homes in Lynchburg, the newly renovated landmark sparkles in shades of the holidays.

Christmas trees peek out from each of the two story Greek Revival-style home’s front windows. New owner Kayla White, also tastefully placed white lights, garland, and real evergreen wreaths around the front door and the portico. Across the entire scene falls giant light blue snowflakes that just scream, “give us a white Christmas.”

It’s a gorgeous small town, southern site and one that got the attention of WPLN Nashville the public radio station that recently added Promise Manor to it’s, Here’s Where to Find the Best and Brightest Christmas Displays in Middle Tennessee list.

It’s the only spot in Lynchburg to earn the honor. Other area locations were the Ray Family at 711 East Grizzard and Reese Family at 2010 Adams Street in Tullahoma, Brockman’s Dancing Lights at 1825 Dabbs Ford in Decherd, the Daugherty Family at 169 Brandi Way in Winchester, and the Winton’s Family at 55 Haskell Winton Road in Manchester. For the complete list, click here.

Will host a open house on December 15

If you’d like a peek at the inside of Promise Manor, they will host an open house on December 15 from 1-4 p.m. There will be plenty of photo ops, free pictures with Santa, a photo booth, cookie decorating, and more. For complete details, check out the event’s Facebook page by clicking here. The event is free, but organizers ask that you bring a donation for Moore County Friends of Animals to attend. The local animal rescue group could use food, beds, blankets, toys, leashes, and sweaters.•

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}