Smithgall Woods State Park
OPEN SEASONALLY: From January 1–February 28, the historic site is closed.
This property is managed by nearby Smithgall Woods State Park.
The 173-acre Hardman Farm is located in historic Sautee Nacoochee, just south of Helen. Best recognized by its gazebo-topped Indian mound and cow pasture, this is a favorite landmark in north Georgia. Visitors can make reservations for guided tours of the house and dairy barn.
The house, built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee valley. Visitors will enjoy seeing the house, with its 19th-century parlor, original lighting, and interesting telephone and climate control system. The large barn was the focal point of Nacoochee Dairy that operated from 1910 until the mid-1920s. During tours, guests will learn how milk was processed and transported in the past, plus they will see a spring house and former horse barn.
The last owner of this property was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman who was Governor of Georgia from 1927–1931. It was lovingly preserved and donated to the state of Georgia in 1999. The Nacoochee Mound is a burial site and was probably used long before the Cherokee inhabited the area.
Reservations for guided tours of the house and first floor of the barn are recommended. Visitors must be accompanied by park staff when inside buildings. Group reservations are required.
HIDDEN GEM: MAGNETO PHONE
A magneto phone
(hand cranked) reveals the use of the Hardman House from 1927–1931 when it was Gov. Hardman's summer mansion and he had to be reached from Georgia's capital.
Season: March 1–December 31
Historic Site Hours:
Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Historic Site Admission:
- Adults (18–61): $12.00
- Seniors (62+): $10.00
- Youth (6–17): $7.50
- Children (under 6): $3.00
Group reservations are required.
• 173 Acres
• "New Life on the Nacoochee" Guided Tour — on the hour Thursday–Sunday
• "Bread & Butter" Guided Tour — on the half hour Saturday–Sunday
• Self-Guided Tour
• Dairy Barn
• Gazebo-Topped Indian Mound
• Alpine Village of Helen
• Anna Ruby Falls
• Blairsville, Georgia
• Blue Ridge Mountains
• Brasstown Bald
• Cabbage Patch Kids/Babyland General
• Dahlonega Gold Museum
• Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
• Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee
• Moccasin Creek State Park (camping)
• Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area
• Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway
• Smithgall Woods State Park (cottages)
• Wildwood Outfitters
• Unicoi State Park & Lodge (camping/cottages/lodge)
• Vogel State Park (camping/cottages)
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