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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.

A Day in the 19th Century Field Trip


A Day in the 19th Century Field Trip was totally booked for fall of 2013. We have had such a great time with over 2,000 students, chaperones and teachers from northeast Georgia this past fall. We are busy scheduling for spring 2014. 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.

Project Roadshare


Project Roadshare partnering with Walton Wellness! Walton Wellness is devoted to promoting and encouraging good health in Walton county. Among their varied efforts is an emphasis on Cycling in Walton County. We are pleased and proud to share in this endeavor to bring about healthy lifestyles for families in this area. We participated in the Athens Food tours, Argo Cycle Tour in September 2013 and plan to be a part of this event in 2014. Pedal for a healthier future with Walton Wellness and the Homestead!