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Happy New Year!

We have joined with Georgia Gives to assist us in monitoring and managing tax deductible donations. If you are interested in supporting the William Harris Homestead Foundation simply click the link below and follow the step by step instructions to make a single or reoccurring donation.

All of us at the William Harris Homestead thank you for your continued support!

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Christmas at the Homestead

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It looks like Christmas at the Homestead 150 years ago–so festive and inviting! Many thanks to Clare Weaver and Miss C Holland from Iris Garden Club in Atlanta, who help us each year to decorate the log house for a 19th century Christmas season. Also, thanks to Tanya Parker, Melissa Basta, Judy Hardegree, Janet Avant, Lois Foerster, Jane Harrison, Donna Hulsey for helping with decorating and Christmas activities!

Tis the season to celebrate Christmas at the William Harris Homestead!

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“Sheep in heavenly Peace!”…it is our William Harris Homestead tradition!  Our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Don’t you wonder what the grandchildren of William and Harriet Harris wished for during the Christmas season of 1898?
We love to make the 1825 log house and grounds festive for the Christmas season.  We hope you and your family and friends will join us on Saturday, December 3 or December 17, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Doc Watson will be blacksmithing, clanging and banging works of art at the forge.  Susie Fouts, an 18th century historian, will regale us with tales of 18th century characters and heroines, such as Nancy Hart.

We always like to highlight groups who enjoy learning about the Homestead and having a delicious lunch on the grounds.  Cathi Jordan brought her Tri Delt Alum group in October.
Welcome, Doc Watson, to the blacksmith shop at the Homestead.  We look forward to your apprentice program at the property, passing along the intricacies  and secrets of being a great blacksmith to new learners of an old craft!
The Dedication Ceremony for the Helen Harris Arnold Pavilion took place on October 5.  There were over 100 in attendance to celebrate the construction of this wonderful Pavilion, which provides heritage educational meeting and event space and handicapped accessible restrooms.  This Dedication honored the Harry Arnold family, who very generously donated so much to make this dream for the future of the Homestead come true.
18th Century Georgia Frontier Day was held on November 5.  It was a beautiful day, and a good time was had by all enjoying and learning about skills and jobs necessary for living in the frontier wilderness in Georgia.
2017 will offer an Archaeology Day at the Homestead.  Hope you will dig it!
If you would like a Christmas ornament from the William Harris Homestead, just send us an email.  The cost per ornament is $12.00.

Our Fieldtrip Program took a Roadtrip

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Miss Tanya was honored to be asked to take her portion of our field trip program on the road last week. She visited with a Homeschool group at Watkinsville First United Methodist Church, who have been studying the “American Girl” book series. I’m not sure who had more fun, Miss Tanya or the girls! (One student even came dressed in period clothing.)

 

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Exciting News!

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The William Harris Homestead welcomes new “Resident Blacksmith”, Doc Watson. He will be holding open demonstrations throughout the year, and become a new addition to our field trip program in 2017. The Homestead will be one of several sites locally where on-going apprenticeship training will be performed.

Welcome to the family, Doc!doc

Holiday Shopping in Downtown Monroe

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The William Harris Homestead has joined with Buckles Hardware in Monroe for their “Christmas in the Piedmont Gift Market”. We even have a booth inside where you can purchase WHH products, just in time for the Holidays!

Stop by and visit them today!

Find out more about downtown Monroe and their candlelight shopping events by visiting
http://www.monroedowntown.com/events/candlelight-shopping-december-17

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William Harris Homestead September 2016

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Welcome back to the William Harris Homestead

 

Helen Harris Arnold Pavilion

In February, construction began to enlarge and improve the pavilion area and add handicapped-accessible restrooms, office and storeroom.  In memory and in honor of Helen Harris Arnold (a Harris descendant), the Harry M. Arnold, Jr. family contributed so much to make this amazing improvement possible.  There will be a Dedication Ceremony on October 8, 2016 of this new Pavilion.  This wonderful addition to the Homestead property will make heritage educational meetings and projects, parties, wedding receptions and events more comfortable and accessible to all.

Other funding for this project came from the Charles M. Walker Foundation, Hubert L. Harris, Jr., and other Trustees of the William Harris Homestead Foundation, and Mrs. Stephen Wakefield.

Contributions from major sponsors of Heritage Day 2015 helped with this project–Above All Tree Service, East Georgia Genealogical Society, Walton Wellness, Akins Ford Winder, Athens First Bank & Trust, Bates Carter CPA Gainesville, Connell Printing, Historical Society of Walton County, Precision Planning, Inc., Spring Street Studios, and the Walton County Farm Bureau.

Landscaping will be provided by a grant from the Iris Garden Club, Atlanta, GA.

Nestled among the hardwoods, the Helen Harris Arnold Pavilion looks as if it has been a part of the Homestead forever.
Providing space for 150, this new reception and meeting space is perfect for any event!
Close to the historic log house, the Pavilion is an integral part of the Homestead property
The William Harris Homestead received a $4200 grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Junior Board, Athens Chapter, to restore the railings on the front and back porches of the log house (circa 1825) by adding balusters.  Balusters are clearly seen in the 1898 photo of the house.  Also, adding the balusters make the front and back porches safer for children.  This grant also provided funding to replace the modern glass in the windows of the log house with antique crown or crystal glass, which was made during the 19th century.  We are very excited about these modifications to the Harris home.  Many thanks to the fine young high school students on the Junior Board of the Watson-Brown Foundation for providing this bricks and mortar grant to the William Harris Homestead.
Photo taken in 1898.  See balusters in background.  Many of the pickets are missing–the log house was around 70 years old when this photo was taken!
Front porch
Southern Heritage Preservation Organization (SHPO) is a group of graduate students at UGA in the Masters of Historic Preservation program.  These delightful young people volunteer to help non-profits in various ways.  For the William Harris Homestead, they gave a Saturday to clean and spruce up the historic cemetery.  And all of the Harris ancestors buried in the cemetery said…”Thanks and Amen!”
Mark your calendar!
Saturday, November 5, 10 am to 2 pm, we will be hosting 18th century Georgia Frontier Day.  Back by popular demand, the Georgia Colonial Educational Teamwill reenact and demonstrate early colonial  settlers’ skills for living in the Georgia wilderness.  A fun group of reenactors will entertain and teach our visitors…led by Tomahawk Hank and Black Powder Bob and Bill.  Spinning Wheel Lois and Troy the Blacksmith will amaze you with their knowledge and skill.  Of course, there will behayrides, and BBQ lunch will be provided by Heavens Bounty (or bring your own picnic).  As always, free doughnuts from “Donuts on the Run” in Monroe will be available, while they last!
Adults–$6.00 /  Seniors and kids 5 to 12–$5.00 / under 5 –free
Many thanks to those attending the Robison Reunion at the new Pavilion at the Homestead this summer.  As a generous “Thank you,” they donated a microwave to the new Helen Harris Arnold Pavilion kitchen.  We are very grateful for this useful addition from these Robison descendants, many of whom are descendants of William and Harriet Harris.  See you in June, 2017!
Get on board for the fall field trip program, A Day in the 19th Century.  Filling the day with fun and learning, the program brings Georgia history alive to elementary and middle school students.  We have already begun scheduling for the 2017 spring session.
Call 770-267-5844 or www.harrishomestead.com for more information.
Ladies bridge day and a workshop with the Red Hat Queens!  What did they have in common?  A great lunch provided by the Homestead!
Dale Harrison’s wedding at the Homestead on September 10–a beautiful day for a beautiful bride!
Many thanks to the Friends of the Homestead 2016.  We are grateful for your support and interest in the
William Harris Homestead.

Mr. Harry M. Arnold, Jr.                              Mr. and Mrs. Terry Luck
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benowitz                    Mrs. Brenda Malcom
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Bobo                              Mr. and Mrs. Bo McCue
Mrs. Susan Borrelli                                     Mr. and Mrs. Rick McCue
Mr. Jim Clarke                                            Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McFerrin
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Domescik                   Mr. and Mrs. Rich Mountain
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Downs                     Mr. and Mrs. Brent Nimmons
Mr. Gene England                                      Mr. and Mrs. John Perry
Mr. and Mrs. Gartrell Garrett                      Mr. Charles H. Perry, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Rob Goudiss                         Mr. Russell Preston
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harrington                      Mr. and Mrs. Greg Rosa
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Harris, Jr.               Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sauls
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Harris                           Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Stewart
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Harris III                      Mr. and Mrs. Wes Swietek
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Harris, Jr.                    Col. and Mrs. Jodie T. Thrasher
Ms. Inger Harris                                         Mrs. Stephen Wakefield
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Hawk                       Mrs. Pat Waldrop.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hayslett                    Mr. and Mrs. John Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hocutt                        Mr. and Mrs. Virgil H. Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hooper                        Mr. and Mrs. Ron Zazworsky
Mrs. Gail Huie-Smith                                  Mr. and Mrs. Ron Zazworsky, Jr.

Coming Soon to or Country Store!

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Hand Forged Orifice Hooks

 

These Spinning Wheel Orifice Hooks are hand forged at the William Harris Homestead Blacksmith Shop by a local Blacksmith. Each Orifice Hook is only $10! Styles may vary  (a $4 shipping and handling fee will be added at checkout)

Can’t wait for them to be added to the store? Feel free to comment below and someone will be happy to drop one in the mail for you.

 

ORIFICE HOOKS for Spinning Wheels ORIFICE HOOKS with ruler for sizing

 

Enjoying the New Pavilion

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Recently, the Homestead hosted a group of ladies from Atlanta for bridge and lunch! The weather was delightful! Everyone had a great time touring the property and enjoying bridge and lunch in the new pavilion.

We also enjoyed having the ladies from the Red Hat Society for a Garlic Basket Making Workshop under the direction of Ms. Lois Foerster. Great fun was had by all! we look forward to offering many more of these workshops.

 

The Homestead is a perfect spot for all kinds of happenings!

 Bridge ladies dealing the cards May 2016
Bridge Ladies with Betsy for tour May 2016 Red Hat Ladies with Lois and baskets May 26

Spring Happenings

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Back by Popular Demand

Saturday, April 2

10 am to 2 pm

Dulcimer Day with the Gold Country Players
and

The Georgia Colonial Educational Team
featuring
“Tomahawk Hank”
“Black Powder Bob”
“Colorful Mike and Ladling Lois”
“Kat the Baker” and “Scrimshaw Kathy”
“Fired-up Troy” and “Evan the Knapper”
Plus…a cast of iron pots and pans!

The smell of open fire cooking and bread-making will be in the air, while Hank makes lead bullets over a camp fire, ignited with flint and steel.  Learn the “Tomahawk Throw,” how to make arrowheads and cranberry beans.  Enjoy demonstrations of early Colonial Georgia settlers’ skills for living in the wilderness.
FACEPAINTING AND HAYRIDES 
for the “youngins” and young at heart!

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a beautiful day at the historic Homestead.
Admission
Adults and children over 12 — $6.00
Seniors and children 5 to 12 –$5.00
Under 5 — FREE

HELEN HARRIS ARNOLD PAVILION
CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON THE HOMESTEAD PROPERTY

Helen Harris Arnold Pavilion

We are proud to present the progress on the pavilion expansion project (Gerald Atha Construction Co.) at the William Harris Homestead property.  Through a very generous donation from the Harry Arnold Family, construction is underway for  handicapped-accessible restrooms, a guest services office and storage, and an expanded and improved pavilion area for meetings, workshops, heritage education and events.

Helen Harris Arnold was a great-granddaughter of William and Harriet Harris and was proud of and devoted to family history, including cousins and genealogy.  In her memory and to honor Helen, her husband, Harry, and her daughters, Susan A. Borrelli, Harriet A Rosa, and Sarah A. Goodiss generously contributed much of the funding for this building, making this construction project a reality. The Trustees of the William Harris Homestead Foundation are grateful and appreciative of this gift, which will provide activity space for heritage education and accessibility for those with disabilities.  The Helen Harris Arnold Pavilion expansion should be completed in April.

A Day in the 19th Century spring field trip program begins in March.

Check out the calendar on the website for schools attending.  The William Harris Homestead is open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Visit and Volunteer!
www.harrishomestead.com    770-267-5844