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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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. Please call to place your required reservations.  Adults: $12 plus tax Seniors: $10 plus tax Youth: $7 plus tax Children under 6: $3 plus tax. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from Dec 10, 2016 
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 pre-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
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1:30 PM to 2 PM
Join State Parks nationwide and participate in your local First Day Hike on the historic Unicoi Turnpike. Perhaps the oldest road in Georgia, it was a trade route used by Native Americans prior to becoming a toll road in 1817. After this 75 yard "hike" and roam around the farm, head on over to Smithgall Woods at 3:00 for their hike and hot cider. 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