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Hardman Farm Historic Site

Smithgall Woods State Park 706-878-1077


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.

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
+ Tax
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

Nearby Attractions:

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)

Teacher's Resources for Touring Historic Sites

Note: Hardman Farm Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Anna Ruby Tuesdays
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
What was life like for a well-to-do girl in Nacoochee in the 1870s? In this one day camp, 6-10 year old girls will play period games, make period hairstyles, try on period clothes, and have an English tea. Registration forms can be sent by e-mail, mail or picked up at the site's Visitor Center.  $30. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped AccessibleGet Outdoors Georgia
Family Archaeology Day
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Fun and educational exhibits and activities provide a way for the whole family to learn more about Archaeology. The Society for Georgia Archaeology will have "Abby" the Archaeobus here providing displays that bring Archaeology to life!  TBD. 706-878-1077.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from Jun 11, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This pre-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward.  Book Signing included with price of tour. Books are available on site. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Textiles in the Valley
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Every home in the 19th century was a manufacturing facility. They made everything from homespun to quilts to coverlets to clothing. See examples of "hand work," and other textiles, many from the Hardman family.  $5 plus $7 includes tour of house. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Nacoochee Valley Farm and Family Exposition
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
Travel back in time to an old country fair with vendors dressed in period costumes creating hand-made Appalachian products like baskets, brooms, pottery and more. The Crafters Village offers an opportunity to learn to make candles, butter, and wash with a wash board. Tours of the Nichols-Hunnicutt-Hardman House available by reservation. $5 parking. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Ghost Legends of the Valley
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Storytellers transport visitors through the misty veil into a realm of ghosts and creatures of the night. Co-sponsored with the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association (SNCA), the event offers guests an opportunity to experience two historic landscapes under a fall night sky. Recommended for age 12+ Guests must be registered prior to event.  $15 per adult includes 6 stories, 3 at each site. $8 for teens. $12 for members of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites or SNCA. A small handling fee will be added for each ticket sold. For tickets please visit 706-878-1077.
Get Outdoors Georgia
A Victorian Christmas in Nacoochee
Every week 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving see the house gently dressed in period holiday décor and learn about Victorian holiday traditions.  This evening tour on Friday and Saturday nights is highlighted by twinkling lights and a walk back to the parking area down a lighted Unicoi Road.  Adults: $12 plus tax Seniors: $10 plus tax Youth: $7 plus tax Children under 6: $3 plus tax. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Hardman Farm Historic Site
143 Highway 17
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
White County

GPS Coordinates:
N 34 41.088' | W 083 42.497'

Hardman Farm is located at the intersection of Highways 17 and 75, one mile south of Helen. The temporary entrance is on Highway 75 just north of the intersection.
Some GPS units will mistakenly take you into downtown Helen.

Hardman Farm Historic Site
143 Highway 17
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571 View Details

Hardman Farm Historic Site

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