Hardman Farm Historic Site

Hardman Farm Historic Site
Historic Site 706-878-1077

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This property is managed by nearby Smithgall Woods State Park.
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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.

Built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, the house 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. Guided house tours include the 19th-century parlor, original lighting, and interesting telephone and climate control system. Visitors will also see the bedroom belonging to Anna Ruby Nichols, the namesake of nearby Anna Ruby falls. 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.


Season: March 1–December 18

From December 19–February 28, the site is closed due to seasonal hours.

Historic Site Hours:

Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Last tour at 3 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Phone 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
• 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
• Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area
• Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway
Smithgall Woods State Park
• Wildwood Outfitters
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Vogel State Park

Note: Hardman Farm Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Volunteer Training Day
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 11 AM to 4 PM
We are gearing up for our new season here at Hardman Farm and there is plenty to do. We can use docents, tour assistants, and house cleaners. Lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please call ahead. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Opening Day of the Season
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Hardman Farm reopens for the season. Join us for a guided tour on the hour, with the first one at 10:00 a.m., and the last going out at 3:00 p.m.  Adults: $12, Seniors: $10 , Youth: $7, Children under 6: $3. Plus tax. 706-878-1077.
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Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from Mar 11, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
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 post-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Remarkable Georgia Women
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Prepare to be astonished as you hear about 15 women born before 1900 who made outstanding achievements in Georgia. Sara Hines Martin, author of "Remarkable Georgia Women", wears a historic dress and displays photos of the women as she speaks. Ms. Martin will have her book available for sale.  $5. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Sweep the Hooch
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Help us "Sweep the Hooch"! We will be partnering with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Smithgall Woods State Park to do a river clean-up of the Chattahoochee. We invite you to keep our rivers clean and beautiful by picking up trash along the Chattahoochee. We will meet at the Hardman Farm parking lot. 706-878-1077.
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Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Join us for an old fashioned Easter on the Farm. The egg hunt will begin at 2:00. Arrive early or stay after for old fashioned games and dye eggs with homemade natural dyes. Regular tours will also be conducted on this day.  $5 per participant. 706-878-1077.
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Falconry on the Farm
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Hawks and owls were very important to the Cherokee tribes in the Valley. Join raptor and wildlife educator Beth Thomson as she introduces you to her flock and speaks about the natural history of falconry.  $5. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Explore the Unicoi Turnpike for National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Perhaps the oldest road in Georgia, the Unicoi Turnpike was an active trade route used by Native Americans, prior to becoming a toll road in 1819. The house at Hardman Farm sits on the remnants of this road. Learn more about life on the trail and the farm on this tour. Reservations required.  $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over, $7 for youth 6-17 and $3 for children under age 6, plus tax. 706-878-1077.
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Anna Ruby Tuesdays
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
What was life like for a well-to-do girl in the 1870s? In this one day camp, 6-10 year old girls will play period games, make period hairstyles, try on period clothes, take a short hike to Crescent Hill Church, and have an English tea. Registration forms can be sent by e-mail (leigh.vinson@dnr.ga.gov) or picked up at the site's Visitor Center.  $30. 706-878-1077.
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Arrowheads Through the Ages
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
In this one-day camp for children ages 6-10 the evolution of Native American hunting tools will be explored. What tools were used for which animals? How did they change over time? The fields of Archaeology and History combine with recreation to create a fun, active day for kids. Call for registration forms or pick up at the Visitor Center.  $30 per child. 706-878-1077.
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Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite state park or historic site. Join us in improving Hardman Farm from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. We will break for lunch at 12:00. Volunteers may leave for lunch, or bring a lunch to eat at our picnic tables. A complementary tour of the Big House will begin at 1:00 PM and end at 2:00 PM. 706-878-1077.
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