April 2018

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Blacksmith Day and Homestead Happenings


Blacksmith Day featuring Doc Watson

Saturday April 7,  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The magical aroma of coal burning in the forge will be in the air as winter gives way to spring. Learn how important the blacksmith was to the early settlers. As you walk back through time, see how clothes were washed, soap was made and meals were prepared over an open fire using the many tools and implements fashioned from the forge by the local blacksmith.

The Georgia Colonial Educational Team Featuring
Black Powder Bob
Doc, The Blacksmith
Kat, The Baker
Backwoods Butch
Spinning Wheel Lois
Tomahawk Hank
Scottish Lady Arlene
Gary Spotted Wolf
Mama Spotted Wolf
Flint Knapper Drew
Musket Maker Gordon
Lanier Wheeler and Churns
Soap Maker Nicole
Mud River Mike

Hayride at 1:00 pm

“Heaven’s Bounty” Will be selling their famous Bar-B-Que and hotdogs, or you can bring and enjoy your own picnic on the grounds.

100% of admission sales goes directly to the William Harris Homestead
Adults/Children over 12 $6.00 Under 5 FREE Seniors/Children 5-12 $5.00

Any person wearing Frontier Attire gets FREE ADMISSION!

The Spring Fieldtrip Season Got Off To A Cold Start, But The Children Loved It Nonetheless!

It’s that time of year again!

The William Harris Homestead’s field trip program, A Day in the 19th Century, kicked off the spring field trip season earlier this month. We’re looking forward to hosting school children from all over Atlanta and metro-Atlanta from now through May.

Look what we dug up at the Homestead…a community garden!

Emile Trahon is a Walton County Master Gardener Trainee. He and other Master Gardeners are installing a Homestead Heritage garden as a community project to help Walton County families in need.

Emile is pictured here with Dixie and Miss Dotty.

A Grand Jubilee

The William Harris Homestead, in partnership with Walton County’s 2018 Bicentennial celebration is planning Heritage Day…200th Grand Jubilee on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm.   In December 1818, Walton County was formed from a sale of land from the Creek Indian Nation.  Two hundred years have flown by!  It is time to say “Happy Birthday” to celebrate generations of Waltonians, who have lived and loved, worked, raised families, fought in wars, and buried their loved ones.  This year-long celebration will include many aspects of our history, and we are excited that the William Harris Homestead has been asked to focus on the18th and 19th centuries’ cultural, environmental, and agricultural heritage.

Highlighting northeast Georgia history, Heritage Day will emphasize Native American culture with dancers and reenactors from the Creek and Cherokee nations.   We plan to commemorate the early Georgia Militia; war veterans from conflicts throughout the 18th and 19th centuries; the Civil War; and celebrate farming practices in the 1800’s, with an emphasis on cotton production.  Civilian reenactors will portray everyday living in the 1800’s’.  Blacksmithing, textile production, and other craft demonstrations will be on hand.  There will be 19th century children’s games and activities, great music and delicious food to complete Heritage Day…200th Grand Jubilee!

Pledge your support as a sponsor and become a part of Heritage Day…200th Grand Jubilee!

Are you or your business interested in becoming a part of the bicentennial celebrations at the William Harris Homestead this fall? If so, please consider becoming a sponsor for this wonderful event and fundraiser! Sponsors are an invaluable part of Heritage Day and allow businesess and members of the community to participate in underwriting and sponosring some of the major expenses of the event. Sponsors may pick their favorite sponsorship venue, such as “Georgia Native American displays and reenactments of cultural history” or “19th century farming practices.” Sponsors may also choose to support the Heritage Day…200th Grand Jubilee at a variety of levels. A Heritage Day sponsorship is a great way to show community support and promote a business! All contributions to Heritage Day are tax-deductible. For more information, call (770) 267 – 5844 or email Dixie Gallups at dixie@harrishome.wpengine.com.

Sponsorship form and information available by accessing following link-