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Fall is the time for field trips, visits to the Homestead for picnics, hikes, and history! Bring a group, your family and friends to learn and explore the Homestead!

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The Trustees of the William Harris Homestead Foundation, Inc. are pleased to announce that Ms. Dixie Gallups has been hired as Assistant to the Executive Director, as of June, 2017.

The William Harris Homestead (circa 1825) is a Georgia historic site, on the National Register of Historic Places, a Walton County Historic Landmark, and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located at 3636 GA Hwy 11 in Monroe. The historic William Harris Homestead serves as a cultural and educational center dedicated to the advancement of heritage, agricultural, and environmental knowledge. Its vision is to preserve an early Georgia homestead and provide education and insight into its cultural and historical impact.

Ms. Gallups grew up in Winder, Georgia. She received her BA in History in 2015 and her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia in May, 2017. Dixie is no stranger to the William Harris Homestead. Her parents, Hank and Donna Sue Gallups, began working on preservation projects at the Homestead when Dixie was a little girl, and they encouraged her interest in history and preservation through their commitment to the William Harris Homestead and its history of the nineteenth century. When Dixie was in high school, she began working as a Saturday docent at the Homestead. She served on the Athens Junior Board of the Watson-Brown Foundation, a select group of students, chosen each year, who select local historic sites to receive monetary grants for bricks and mortar projects. Through her participation on the Junior Board and her continued involvement at the Homestead property, she formed a great interest and commitment for historic preservation.

Dixie plans to follow the long-term plan of continuing the field trip program, A Day in the 19th Century; providing the property for community events and greenspace for northern Walton County; and increasing awareness of the importance of heritage, agricultural and environmental education.

Upon accepting her position, Dixie commented, “I was fortunate enough to be offered a job at the William Harris Homestead that would allow me to combine three of my favorite things: history, preservation, and the William Harris Homestead, and I couldn’t be any luckier or happier.”

We believe Dixie is a valuable asset and look forward to her contribution and professional development, as she becomes a key part of the leadership team at the William Harris Homestead Foundation, Inc.

Hey…we “Dig” it!

After a site visit to the William Harris Homestead, Dr. Jim D’Angelo and Dr. Kathryn Deeley announced that there is much archaeological potential on this historic property.

Dr. Jim D’Angelo is President and site archaeologist at Fort Daniel Foundation, Inc. in Gwinnett County. Dr. Kathryn Deeley holds a Ph.D in Anthropology. Her research interests include historical archaeology, African-American archaeology, and community outreach and education. She teaches Anthropology at Georgia Gwinnett College.

We began archaeological investigations at the Homestead in June, and we will keep you posted on our first project. Let’s dig together! We hope to have a special day this spring for visitors to participate in our surveys. Sharpen your trowels!

L-R: Dixie Gallups, Judy Hardegree, Dr. Deeley, Dr. D’Angelo

September begins the fall session of A Day in the 19th Century field trip program. Schools from Walton, Barrow, Hall, Fulton, Newton, Oconee, Gwinnett and Jackson Counties will be enjoying and learning about the 1800’s from our enthusiastic and committed staff, who all love history and the Homestead! Call to join us, the field trip calendar is on the website, www.harrishomestead.com.

We will present a favorite event on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Georgia Frontier Day will bring the young and the mature to the Homestead for reenactments of life in northeast Georgia, when one depended on survival skills to endure frontier living. Doc will present the history of blacksmithing, and Hank Gallups and Friends will teach about the late 18th century in our area of Georgia, 10 am to 2 pm. Spinning and weaving and other demonstrations and tours of the Homestead will round out an eventful day! Mark your calendar!

We are booking weddings and events at the William Harris Homestead property for 2018. The Homestead presents a sense of serenity and a spirit of goodness that will be a part of your experience. Let us provide an historic, pastoral setting for your special event.

We are planning Christmas Holidays at the Homestead. We will decorate for a Victorian Christmas, and hope you will share in the wistful memories of times long ago, celebrating Christmas in the 1800’s. We are already booking for Christmas tours and luncheons. Join us for a unique and memorable Christmas cheer! www.harrishomestead.com

Heritage Day…200 Years of Walton County History is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018. SAVE THE DATE! We will be celebrating the Bicentennial of Walton County, formed from a sale of land from the Muscogee Creek Native American nation in 1818. Please bring your families and friends for this very special day…and volunteer to help in this commemoration of our history in Walton County!

We are so very thankful and grateful for the many contributions to the William Harris Homestead. Donations enable us to keep the heritage, agricultural, and environmental programs going, to provide upkeep to the buildings and Homestead property, and to make provisions for the future as an historic homeplace in Walton County. We appreciate your generosity and continued support to this nonprofit organization. Tax ID # 2662881
Board of Trustees
Susan Arnold Borrelli Susan H. McCue
Christopher C. Harris Dianne H. Mountain
Hubert L. Harris, Jr. Martha M. Nimmons
Mary Ann H. Holley Dorothy H. Zazworsky
Robert R. McCue III Ronald Zazworsky, Jr

FRIENDS OF THE HOMESTEAD 2017
* Indicates Harris descendant

Individual Membership $25.00 +
Mrs. Betsy Harrington
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Lee (IMO Patricia Harris McAtee *)
Mrs. Brenda Malcom *
Mr. and Mrs. John Perry*
Mrs. Eleanor L. Queen
Mrs. Pat Waldrop*
Mr. and Mrs. John Webb (IMO Sara Willene Strickland)*
Mr. Fred Young (IMO Patricia Harris McAtee *)

Family Membership $40.00-$100.00
Mrs. Betty Arden (IMO Patricia Harris McAtee *)
Ms. Claire May (IMO Patricia H. McAtee)
Mrs. Pam Downs *
Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. DuPriest III (IMO Patricia H. McAtee *)
Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. DuPriest, Jr. (IMO Patricia H. McAtee *)
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hayslett *
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Luck *
Mr. and Mrs. TJ. McFerrin
Ms. Phyllis Murell (IMO Patricia H. McAtee *)
Mr. and Mrs. David Schaffer

Homestead Membership $100.00-$200.00
Mr. Harry Arnold (IMO Helen Harris Arnold *)
Mr. Dan Bennett (In-Kind)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benowitz (IMO Dan and Ivah Ree Coker)*
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bobo
Mr. Jim Clarke (IMO Ione Huff Clarke) *
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Curran
Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Domescik
Mr. Gene England
Mr. and Mrs. Gartrell Garrett *
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Harris III *
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Hawk (IMO Louie Kontz Harris) *
Heritage Sunday School Class, Atlanta
Mrs. George Hearn
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hooper *
Dr. Charles H. Perry, Jr. (IMO Ruth Merle Harris Perry)*
Mr. Russell Preston
Mr. and Mrs. Keene Reese
Mr and Mrs. Bart Weaver
Mr. and Mrs. John Webb *

Heritage Membership $250.00 -$400.00
Mrs. Susan Borrelli *
Mr. and Mrs. Rob Goudiss *
Mr Rufus Harris, Jr. *
Mrs. Gail Huie-Smith
Mrs. Camille Lowery (In-Kind)
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Luck * (In-Kind)
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Mountain *
Col. Jodie T. Thrasher, Jr. (IMO Susie Pearl Jennings Robison)*
Mrs. Robin Towns (In-Kind)
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil H. Webb (IMO Tempie Harris Webb)*
Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Stewart

Silver Preservation Membership $500 – $900.00
Mr. Harry Arnold (IMO Louie Kontz Harris *)
Mrs. Tricia Elvie (In-KInd)
Mrs. Louie Kontz Harris (In-Kind)
Ms. Henrietta Harris (In-Kind)
Mrs. Thomas Hawk (In-Kind)
Mrs. Candis White
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Zazworsky (IMO Hubert and Jessie Harris
and Louie Kontz Harris) *

Gold Preservation $1,000.00- $15,000.00
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Mountain
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Harris, Jr. (IMO Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Harris, Sr.) *
Mrs. Stephen Wakefield (IMO Mr. Stephen Alan Wakefield)

To make a donation to the William Harris Homestead Foundation, send check payable to WHHF, 3636 Georgia Hwy 11, Monroe, GA 30656 or make a donation on the Website with PayPal. Thank you for your consideration. www.harrishomestead.com

Copyright © 2017 William Harris Homestead Foundation, Inc., All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
William Harris Homestead
3636 GA Hwy 11
Monroe, GA 30656

Signing in the Sunshine

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It was a great day of sunshine and good spirits to put in these farming informational signs, which will enlighten visitors to understand farming issues through the ages.

Signing in the Rain!

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This is the first of eleven signs produced by the Education Department of the Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District to be installed at the William Harris Homestead. The signs are about farming in Georgia, from a historic perspective to Soil Erosion and Conservation efforts in farming practices. These signs will be placed around the William Harris Homestead to be enjoyed by so many visitors as they visit the farm property. They are educational, informative, and interesting! We are grateful to the Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District folks, and especially to Dan Bennett and Catherine Reuter, who installed the first sign in the pouring rain yesterday. Left to Right: Catherine Reuter, Judy Hardegree, Dixie Gallups and Dan Bennett


Left to Right: Catherine Reuter (Community Educator), Dotty Zazworsky, Dixie Gallups, Dan Bennett (Chairman, District Supervisors) Thanks to Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors.

FIREWISE on the Farm

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FIREWISE ON THE FARM
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:30am – 12:00pm
William Harris Homestead – 3636 Georgia Highway 11 – Monroe, GA 30656

~ FREE ADMISSION ~
FIREWISE is a common sense approach to protecting your farm and home from fire. The Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District along with many partners will be hosting a free public education event for farmers, landowners and homeowners. Demonstrations, lectures, and exhibits featuring ways to develop Defensible Spaces to reduce the spread of fire, including landscaping for new and existing homes will be presented. Local fire services will be conducting demonstrations on fire suppression at your home or on your property. In addition, other environmental and conservation demonstrations and tours of the 1824 Historic William Harris Homestead farm will be included.
For more information call 706-894-1591, Groups are welcomed.

“Fire on the Farm” sponsored by Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District

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This is the committee for an event sponsored by Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District, called “Fire on the Farm.” This is a Firewise event, which will be held on Tuesday, September 26, from 9 am to 12 pm. Free to the public. This event will give important information and tips about protecting farm property and buildings from the threat of fire. This event will be at the William Harris Homestead, 3636 GA Hwy 11, Monroe, GA 30656. Sonny Turner and Dan Bennett are chairing this event, and many leaders from the Walton Fire Fighters and Protection departments are partnering with Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District to provide this important community event this Fall.

Rainy Days and Rainy Nights

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Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate with our plans for the first of our “Sarah Shows”. We made the best of it by switching gears and finishing with an intimate, acoustic performance under the pavilion.

Watch our Facebook Page for more information on upcoming shows!

“The Sara Shows 2017”

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“The Sara Shows 2017,” a Country Music Songwirters Concert featuring Taylor Alexander from this season’s “The Voice” and Ray Strickland & Friends. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers! Concert date is Saturday, May 20th 6:00-10:00pm–Music starts at 7pm
Bar B Que ~~Free Parking
ONLY $10!

All proceeds go to the William Harris Homestead Foundation

BLACKSMITHING DAY with Doc Watson, resident blacksmith, at the William Harris Homestead

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April 1, 2017 brings Blacksmith “Doc” Day to the William Harris Homestead. Meet our new resident blacksmith, Doc Watson from 10 am to 2 pm on April Fool’s Day…no fooling!!

Doc will relate the history of blacksmithing in the 19th century and demonstrate the lost skills required for making or repairing iron or steel items.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, “the blacksmith played a vital role in his community and was generally accorded his due respect. There is hardly a facet of life his work did not touch upon. Indeed, without his skills, the prevailing lifestyle would have been extremely primitive. Most of the items a blacksmith made and repaired were either tools or other work-related items, such as harness fittings or ox yokes. In a culture where everyone, even children, had to work just to get by, it’s not hard to understand how important the blacksmith was.” (Foxfire #5, page 108)

Come and enjoy Doc, our cheerful, friendly, and brilliant Blacksmith!

ALSO…

TOMAHAWK HANK will be on hand to entertain and teach frontier skills and to show off Bo, the “Wonder” Horse (we always wonder where he is when we arrive at the Homestead…)
KAT will be baking bread, bring some butter and jelly!

ALSO…

CLAUDINE NICKENS and friends will entertain with their dulcimers, playing toe-tapping old-timey and new-timey tunes for our enjoyment!

ALSO…

HAYRIDES and Crafts demonstrations, and
free doughnuts, while they last!

! Celebrate Spring at the Homestead !

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a beautiful day at the historic
William Harris Homestead.
Admission
Adults and children over 5 — $6.00
Seniors (over 60) — $5.00
Under 5 — FREE

Doc Watson enjoying the skills and thrills of blacksmithing!
“An-vil” you come to meet him? We hope so on April Fool’s Day!

The William Harris Homestead received a generous grant from the Walton Foundation, Inc. to provide a handicapped-accessible bridge over the Harris creek which leads to the Harris Spring. The spring was a source of pure, clean water for the Harris’ in the early 19th century. Many thanks to the Walton Foundation and to Scott Cherry for his design and construction. We are calling the new bridge, “The Bridge Over Bubbled Waters.”

In 2016, The William Harris Homestead also received a very generous grant from the Charles M. Walker Foundation, Monroe, GA, to help with the heritage education at the Homestead. The Watson-Brown Foundation, Athens Chapter Junior Board, presented a grant for continued restoration of the front and back porches of the log house and for window glass replacement from modern glass to antique crown or crystal glass, which was used in window construction in the 19th century. Also, the Iris Garden Club, Atlanta, GA. gave a landscaping grant to the Homestead Foundation. Many thanks from all of us at the William Harris Homestead for the support and belief in our mission to serve as a cultural and educational center dedicated to the advancement of heritage, agricultural and environmental knowledge.
The Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District is a valued partner of the William Harris Homestead Foundation. Under the guidance of Catherine Reuter at Soil and Water, twelve interesting and informative outdoor signs are completed and ready to be mounted on posts and erected at various sites around the Homestead property. These signs relate much information about agriculture and environmental issues concerning farming in northeast Georgia. What a great addition to our heritage education at the Homestead! Many thanks!

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!

Georgia Gives

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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!