September 2017

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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!


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,

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!

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

* 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.

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