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Spring into History with These Great Events!

Meet Jim Sawgrass

Jim Sawgrass is a native Floridian of Muscogee Creek (Mvskoke) descent and living historian of the southeastern tribes of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. He became more involved with his Native American heritage by attending Pow Wows, Native festivals, and historical reenactments. He learned more about Native culture and history from many elders, outdoors-men, and reanactors he was surrounded by. He is also an Eagle Scout and applies his scouting skills to this day.

Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 25 years. He served on the Florida Indian Council from 1991-1995. Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 30 years.

In 1988, Sawgrass began presenting programs professionally on Native American history and started the “Deep Forest Historical Native American Programs.” Since then, he has performed at places like schools, Pow Wows, state and national parks, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals and many other places around the U.S. He also been featured on many television networks such as History Channel, Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.

Public Tours

The William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center has reopened to the public! Come spend the day touring this award winning Georgia landmark. Learn about life in the 19th century through the lens of the Harris Family while touring our historic log house (circa 1825), outbuildings, gardens, and exhibits.

The Helen Arnold Pavilion is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch after your tour!

We are open on the first and third Saturdays of each month March – December from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Guided tours are offered on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ticket information is available at https://harrishomestead.com/public-tours/.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you again soon!

The William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center
is proud to be a part of
Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts
2021 Garden Tour

Nature Meets Art

Take an up-close and intimate look at some of the prettiest gardens in our community.

Saturday, May 15th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
ticket information at monroewaltonarts.org
770-2078937

 

 

 

Join us for a fun filled evening in the Helen Arnold Harris Pavilion! Get creative with Leah, from In Home Paint Parties and paint a lovely lavender arrangement while surrounded by our lush gardens. This fundraiser will help us continue our mission to serve as a cultural and educational center dedicated to the advancement of heritage, agricultural, and environmental scholarship.

Ticket information available at https://whhpaintpartyfundraiser.eventbrite.com
Light refreshments will be served.

Did you attend our last event?

April 17th was a Beautiful Day for a Fun Foray…

The day featured a hike through the scenic, natural parts of the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center. Participants learned about the different kinds of mushrooms that grow in the area during the spring as well as edible, indigenous plants.

A Mushroom Foray at the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center is a great way to get out and into nature while visiting and supporting a local historic site, too. Join us at our next foray — date coming soon!

Learn about other ways to support the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center!

Spring is in the Air at the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center

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Spring is in the Air!

The William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center will reopen for Public Tours beginning Saturday, March 6th from 10:00 to 2:00 and continuing on the first and third Saturday of each month. Ticket Information is available at https://harrishomestead.com/public-tours/.

Come spend the day touring this award winning Georgia landmark. Learn about life in the 19th century through the lens of the Harris Family while touring our historic log house (circa 1825), outbuildings, gardens, and exhibits.

The Helen Arnold Pavilion is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch after your tour!

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s recommendation, Covid protocol in effect. Small groups, masks, and social distancing are encouraged.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you again soon!

You can find out more about our renowned field trip program,“A Day in the 19th Century” and NEW tour options, including in-school options,
by visiting https://harrishomestead.com/school-field-trips/.

For scheduling availability email Melissa Basta at melissa@harrishomestead.com.

Gather Here…For Your Special Event

The William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center, a Georgia historical site, offers a beautiful property – 1825 log house and outbuildings, lush gardens, stunning landscapes – as a backdrop for a special and memorable wedding venue.

The Homestead is a perfect location for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and photo shoots. The property is designed and maintained for picturesque settings for your outdoor event for up to 300 guests.

The Helen Arnold Harris Pavilion is the perfect place for birthday parties, family reunions, or wedding. The Pavilion can easily seat up to 100 people and boasts a kitchen, an 18×18 patio (perfect for dancing!), accessible bathrooms, and the ability to have vinyl walls and heaters in the case of inclement weather needs.

Worried about scheduling conflicts during these unprecedented times? We currently offer the ability to reschedule your special event for up to a year from your original date at no additional charge, or you can select a partial refund on your deposit due to full cancellation. Contact dixie@harrishomestead.com for prices and availability.

The Homestead offers a place with a sense of forever, a long history of people who lived and loved there, a feeling of serenity and a spirit of goodness. How else would you want to begin a marriage? Come and visit the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center. We want to share in your destiny.

 

Cheers to New Beginnings and Great Adventures in 2021!

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Cheers to New Beginnings and
Great Adventures in 2021!

Thank You to Our Donors for 2020!

In 2020,  the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center was fortunate to have received many donations from supporters as Friends of the Homestead, gifts “in memory of” and “in honor of” loved ones, and In-Kind donations. All donors have received individual letters of thanks for their generosity. For further recognition, the following is a list of contributors for 2020.

Individual
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Alender
Mrs. Ann Dangar
Mrs. Eleanor Queen
Mr. and Mrs. Travis RutkiewiczFamily
Anonymous via Facebook
Mrs. Janet Avant
(IMO Shirley Sauls)
Mrs. Nancy Baumgardner
Mrs. Patti Berry
Mrs. Sue Diamond
(IMO Elvy Harris)
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hale
Mrs. Judy Hardegree
(IMO Shirley Sauls)
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harrington
Mrs. Judy Hayslett
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Luck
Mr. and Mrs. T. S. McFerrin
Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Norris
Mr. and Mrs. John Perry
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Porter, Jr.
Mr. Robert Sauls
(IMO Shirley Sauls)

Homestead
Mr. and Mrs. John Bell
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benowitz
(IMO Mr & Mrs Dan Coker,
Mr & Mrs Wayne Towler)
Ms. Morgan Berry
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bobo
Ms. Susan Borrelli
(IMO Elvy Harris)
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Everett
Mrs. Susie B Fouts
Mr. Gartrell Garrett
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hamilton
Ms. Inger Harris
Mr and Mrs. Rufus Harris III
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Hawk
Mrs. Anita Hoffman
(IMO Elvy Harris)

Homestead, continued

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hooper

Mrs. Gail Huie-Smith
Mrs. Shannon Logue
Mr. and Mrs. Brent Nimmons
Dr. and Mrs. George Pabis
Dr. Charles H. Perry, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Rosa
(IMO Elvy Harris)
Mr. and Mrs. Wes Swietek
Mr. and Mrs. Grant Tribble
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Tucker

The Heritage Class
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Wyche
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Zazworsky, Sr.
(IMO Elvy Harris)

Heritage
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Breedlove
(IMO Mildred Huff Breedlove)
Mr. and Mrs. W. Jim Clarke
(IMO Ione Huff Clarke)
Dr. and Mrs. James C. Kincaid
Mrs. Elaine Oakes
TPI Engineered Systems
Mr. and Mrs. John Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Vigil Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Blake Young

Preservation
Mr. and Mrs. Rob Goudiss
Mr. Harrison Goudiss
Mrs. Adriane Leader
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Miller

Historic
Mrs. Vivian Beasley
Ms. Susan Borrelli
Ms. Cate Borrelli
Mr. Stephen Borrelli
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dinwiddie
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Mountain
Mrs. Pam Wakefield
Ms. Candis White
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Zazworsky, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Zazworsky, Sr.

Angel
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Harris, Jr.

Friends of the Homestead Levels
Individual
Family
Homestead
Heritage
Preservation
Historic
Angel
$25.00 +
$40.00 +
$100.00 +
$250.00 +
$500.00 +
$1,000.00 +
$10,000.00 +
We cannot thank you enough for your generous heart and your support of the mission of the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center. Your membership helps support us, as we continue to provide meaningful learning programs for adults and children, southern history appreciation events, and a beautiful property for gatherings.You can find out more about  “Friend of the Homestead” by following this link.
A Special Thanks to our Friends and Supporters

The William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center is an award-winning Georgia landmark. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Homestead features a circa 1825 log house, outbuildings, lush gardens, and stunning landscapes.

 

William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center Mission and Vision Statement
Mission (Purpose):
The historic William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center serves as a cultural and educational center dedicated to the advancement of heritage, agricultural, and environmental scholarship.
Vision (Value):
To preserve an early Georgia homestead, and provide education and insight into its cultural and historic impact.

Cancelled Winter Event

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Due to the rising number of local Covid cases, concerns for the health and well being of our guests, and new recommendations suggested by the Georgia Department of Public Health (https://dph.Georgia.gov) the William Harris Homestead Museum and Education Center has made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming event, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”.

Current ticket holders may use those tickets at our Spring foray “The Homestead Springs Eternal—New Growth, New Beginnings with Andrew Minnick” (date to be announced) or request a refund by emailing tanya@harrishomestead.com.

All refunds will be processed through Eventbrite.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support during these unprecedented times.

Closed for Winter

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Out of concern for the safety, health, and well-being of our guests and docents, the William Harris Homestead Museum and Education Center has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone the following upcoming events:

  • public tours and museum hours on the first and third Saturdays at the William Harris Homestead (November 21, December 5, and December 19) have been canceled until spring

Thank you for your understanding and continued support during these unprecedented times.

The William Harris Homestead Museum and Education Center staff will still be able to respond to calls and emails in a timely manner.

The William Harris Homestead is a nonprofit organization focused on serving as an educational center for the advancement of heritage, environmental, and agricultural scholarship. The support of our visitors, schools, Friends of the Homestead, and community is highly valued and is of the upmost importance. Revenue from our field trip program and special events play a large part in our daily operations, and we hope for your continued support for the William Harris homestead museum and education center during this time.

Please visit our “contribute here” page, here on the website, to learn more.

 

See You in the Spring!

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Out of concern for the safety, health, and well-being of everyone, the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone upcoming events.

• Public tours and museum hours on the first and third Saturdays at the William Harris Homestead (November 21, December 5 and December 19) have been canceled until spring.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support during these unprecedented times.

The William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center staff will still be able to respond to calls and emails in a timely manner.

The William Harris homestead is a nonprofit organization focused on serving as a cultural and educational center for the advancement of heritage, environmental, and agricultural scholarship. The support of our visitors, schools, Friends of the Homestead, and community is highly valued and is of the utmost importance. Revenue from our field trip program and special events play a large part in our daily operations, and we hope for your continued support for the William Harris Hampstead Museum & Education Center during this time. Please visit our “contribute here“ page on our website, www.harrishomestead.com to learn more.

We thank you again for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Save the Date for Settlement Day

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Save the Date!

Join us at the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center on Saturday, November 7, 2020 for Settlement Day! Come watch, learn, and experience the way people used to live hundreds of years ago.

General Admission: $6.00 | Seniors (60+): $5.00 | Children 5 and under: FREE! Advance tickets suggested, Tickets available at http://settlementday.eventbrite.com/

Watch our Social Media to learn more about our Colonial Life team over the next few weeks.

New Field Trip and Tour Options

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FIELD TRIP AND TOUR OPTIONS

A DAY IN THE 19th CENTURY

$10/person, 50 person minimum, or $500 if fewer than 50 attendees

4 units focusing on the 19th century log house, the cellar and living out of doors, the Civil War, and the Creek Indians and spring. Includes the a la carte selections below.

Begins at 10 am, ends at 12:30 pm.  Please see our website for a more detailed description of our renowned field trip program

https://harrishomestead.com/school-field-trips/

A MORNING IN THE 19th CENTURY

$275, 30 person maximum

A detailed tour featuring a walk-through of the log house, discussions and demonstrations of cloth production, open-hearth cooking, the cellar and living out of doors, the family cemetery, the Creek Indians, and the creek and spring area. A la carte additions available.

GROUP TOUR

$6/Adults, $5/Child

A largely self-guided tour, this allows the participants to explore the grounds at their own pace. A docent is available to discuss the history of the Harris family and basic 19th century life on a farm in rural Georgia. A la carte additions available.

A LA CARTE

Robby Mitchell, Civil War Educator        $60

Doc Watson, Blacksmith Educator        $60

In keeping with the CDC and Governor Kemp’s recommendations, we highly suggest wearing a mask and practicing proper social distancing whilst visiting the WHHM&EC.  Docents will be wearing masks, but we defer to each school’s policy regarding masks for the students.  We regret that, at this time, we cannot offer the hayride due to social distancing guidelines.

 

Wild Resources Nature Walk with Andrew Minnick of Authentic Primitive Living

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“Wild Resources” nature walk led by Andrew Minnick of Authentic Primitive Living. Saturday, September 19th 9:00am-noon

A crash course in “ethnobotany” and understanding our beneficial flora. Focusing on edible, medicinal, and useful plants of the southeast (Georgia Piedmont region) We will address trees, plants, herbs, and fungi that have played vital roles in many cultures.

Event admission $10 (all ages) advance tickets suggested, limited quantities will be available at the gate. Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-resources-nature-walk-w-andrew-minnick-of-authentic-primitive-living-tickets-116470003917

**Closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing are recommended for the foray. Guests are encouraged to bring a basket (paper bags will be available), notebook, and a small pocket knife or scissors.

The log house and grounds are open to the public, from 10:00-2:00, for tours that day as well. Visit www.harrishomestead.com for tour and ticket information.

***In keeping with the CDC and Governor Kemp’s recommendations, we highly suggest wearing a mask and practicing proper social distancing whilst visiting the WHHM&EC

Public Tours Resume on Saturday, July 18, 2020

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Public Tours Resume on Saturday, July 18, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center will be resuming public tours on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Our operating hours will be 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in person upon arrival, or online at our website. We can’t wait to see you at the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center soon!

In keeping with Governor Kemp’s and the CDC recommendations, we encourage all visitors to practice social distancing and wear a mask. Our staff will also be following these guidelines.