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Enjoying the New Pavilion


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


Back by Popular Demand

Saturday, April 2

10 am to 2 pm

Dulcimer Day with the Gold Country Players

The Georgia Colonial Educational Team
“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.
for the “youngins” and young at heart!

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


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.
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Back by Popular Demand


Colonial Frontier Day is back by popular demand!

Saturday, April 2, from 10 am to 2 pm
Adults—$6.00, Seniors and children 5-12—$5.00, children under 5 are free.

Dulcimer performers will entertain. Free doughnuts, while they last!

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Exciting Things are Happening!


We’ve had a busy, exciting winter at the homestead! Before you know it, we will have handicapped-accessible restrooms, a Guest Services Office and expanded pavilion space for parties, weddings, meetings… and dancing. Come and see it for yourself!

Construction is expected to be completed around the first of April.

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18th Century Frontier Day Postponed!


We are postponing the 18th Century Frontier Day event on Saturday, November 7, because of rainy weather.  We plan to host this event on Saturday, December 5, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Since the Homestead will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas, it will be a festive time!

Enjoy 18th century demonstrations of frontier life–early settlers’ skills at the William Harris Homestead


10 am to 2 pm
The Georgia Colonial Educational Team

“Tomahawk Hank”
“Kat the Baker”
“Black Powder Bob”
“Scrimshaw Kathy”

The smell of open fire cooking and bread-making will be in the air while Hank shows how to make lead bullets over a camp fire, started with flint and steel. Others will demonstrate early Colonial Georgia settlers’ skills, while living in the wilderness.

Hayride 1:00 pm

Bring a picnic lunch and be sure to stick around for the famous “Frying Pan Toss,” where Hank’s wife gets to throw a frying pan at him…at a distance, of course!

Free admission for anyone dressing in Frontier attire!

Adults and children over 12–$6.00
Seniors and children 5 to 12–$5.00
Under 5–FREE

The William Harris Homestead is open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, March through December.
Come, Visit, Picnic, Hike–it’s a beautiful place!

HERITAGE DAY…Visions of the Past!  Photos from June, 2015.  Help us plan the next Heritage Day.  Volunteer to be part of sharing Georgia history with others!

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Fall School Field Trips


The Fall Field Trip Season is upon us! We are excited to begin our 2015 season in September. The William Harris Homestead offers “A Day in the 19th Century” for elementary and middle school students.  This heritage education program can also be customized for older students and adults. Learning about the 1800’s with William and Harriet Harris and their family as a backdrop is a great way to bring history alive for so many!

Our field trips are made up of four separate units. The first unit is a tour of the 1825 log house where your guide will talk about the construction of the home. She will also discuss cotton- from harvesting to spinning and weaving before moving into the dining area of the house where food production and preparation is demonstrated at the fireplace. The second unit is outside, it features visits to the Cellar, House Garden, Smoke House, and Family Cemetery, as well as a brief demonstration of candle making. The third unit features a local Civil War expert who will teach the students about the daily living of a soldier–what it would have been like to be a Confederate or Union soldier during the 1860’s. The final unit begins with a discussion about the Creek Indians who were the first people to live on the land, then visits the Spring House before finishing up with a hayride. The day ends with a sheep herding demonstration by Hank Gallups and his award winning Border Collies. Your students are welcome to bring and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds, while our Civil War interpreter demonstrates loading and firing his musket rifle.

The material taught in our “A Day in the 19th Century” field trip is aligned to the Social Studies and Georgia History curricula taught in most Georgia public and private schools. Spaces for our Fall 2015 Season are filling up quickly. Contact us at to reserve your spot today.


8th Georgia Regimental Band Coming To Heritage Day June 13th, 2015



Heritage Day 2015


Heritage Day 2015 … Reflections On The Civil War is being planned for spring of 2015. We will celebrate 19th century farming and commemorate the end of the sesquicentennial remembrance of the Civil War. See photos of our last Heritage Day here.

Hooray For Hiking!


The William Harris Homestead is planning to open the William Harris Homestead Foundation property for hiking trails for all ages. The countryside of the Homestead is so very beautiful, serene and peaceful–just perfect for walking and watching. We also want to focus on the agricultural environment of the Homestead, providing exercise for the body and the mind with hiking trails and informative signs along the way.