The Estate at Cherokee Dock with Deron Lichte


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Local Business Leader Plans to Transform Former Reba McEntire Home into Luxury Event Venue

October 24, 2017, Nashville, TN—Today, local business leader Deron Lichte announces his purchase of a significant portion of Starstruck Farms, the former home of Reba McEntire. Lichte’s purchase includes the 12,816-foot Southern colonial mansion, pool and poolhouse, tennis court, guest house, detached eight-car garage and equestrian facility — all of which he has renamed The Estate at Cherokee Dock, with plans to use the property as a luxury event venue.

“As soon as I saw the property, I immediately fell in love,” Lichte says. “It’s such a unique and beautiful home, and thanks to Reba’s efforts, it’s truly an iconic piece of real estate. I am excited to share The Estate at Cherokee Dock with the public and to witness some of the incredible experiences that I know will be created on this property.”

Lichte is the CEO and owner of Food Warming Equipment / FWE, a global and growing commercial foodservice equipment provider, which he moved from its original headquarters in Crystal Lake, Illinois, to Portland, Tennessee, in 2013.

“Before moving to Nashville, I’d always enjoyed traveling here for business over the last two decades,” Lichte says. “Making Middle Tennessee my home has been such a wonderful experience, and I now look forward to returning some of the Southern hospitality that has been bestowed upon me since my arrival.”

Located off Highway 109 in Lebanon, TN, approximately 25 miles east of downtown Nashville, The Estate at Cherokee Dock offers approximately 18 acres of Old Hickory Lake waterfront and ample amounts of lush, green landscape. This bucolic setting provides the perfect backdrop for various entertaining spaces, both indoors and out, including a lakeside dock and movie theater, as well as on-site accommodations for up to 15 people.  

In making this iconic property accessible to the public for the first time, Lichte will not only open the venue for weddings, galas and charity fundraisers, but also for corporate and songwriter retreats, family reunions and other related events.

“Just walking the grounds, I can imagine the beautiful memories that will be made, and photos that will be shared, posted and hung on the walls of our guests for many years to come,” Lichte adds. “My goal is to provide the ultimate, stress-free, premium event experience, and I am excited that many more people will be able to enjoy The Estate at Cherokee Dock’s memory-making potential.”

About Deron Lichte

Deron Lichte is CEO and owner of Food Warming Equipment Company / FWE, a leading commercial foodservice equipment manufacturer that is distributed throughout the U.S. and over 50 countries. FWE’s clients include white tablecloth restaurants, well-known fast food chains, premier hotels and resorts, casinos, cruise lines, educational and correctional institutions, as well as major league sports arenas and stadiums around the world. Visit or for more information.