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Construction Week!


It’s construction week at The William Harris Homestead! We are completing two major projects at the Pavilion this week. The first is installing weatherproof vinyl curtains. Now you can rent The William Harris Homestead into the fall and winter months without fear of cold temperatures or rain!

Our second project is creating a stone patio in front of the Pavilion. The stone patio will be perfect for enjoying the musical entertainment (or doing a little jig!) at Heritage Day and at other events. We can’t wait to see you boogie on down to The William Harris Homestead to check out our exciting new additions!


Save the Date!


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

Sponsorship form and information available by accessing following link-

What an unexpected treat for the William Harris Homestead!

What an unexpected treat for the William Harris Homestead!
On Saturday, March 3rd, Opening Day of the 2018 season, the “Georgia Colonial Educational Team” and several of their friends will be on site between 12:00 and 2:00 pm for kids and family to have their pictures taken with them! Look for Tomahawk Hank, Gary Spotted Wolf and Mrs Wolf – from the Lakota Sioux Tribe, Black Powder Bob, Captin D’, Arlene – the Scottish Lady, Cherokee Tonya with Bo the Wonder Horse, Clarissa and her Cook Books, Churn Master Lanier Wheeler, and others! There will be NO STAFF photographer so be sure to bring your personal camera.
This is our way of saying “THANK YOU” for your support of the William Harris Homestead over the years.

“Historic Christmas Food for Thought” a Victorian Christmas


We had a great turnout for a lovely winter day at the Homestead. We featured Clarissa Lynch, a 19th century food historian and cook, who cooked “meagre” soup, roast pork and a real fruit cake over an “open pit” fire to show cooking techniques from the 1800’s. Clarissa has a magnetic personality and everyone enjoyed the know-how and stories from Clarissa and her heritage. She has a great cookbook, too! She will be at the Homestead for a spring menu on Saturday, April 7. You don’t want to miss Clarissa!

We provided cotton from our cotton patch and other natural woodsy items for impromptu ornament makings. Cotton boll angels, corn husk angels, and a variety of pinecone wreaths will be adorning many a Christmas tree in the nearby communities. We were lucky to have some awesome volunteers from Russell Middle School—Ella Ramsell, with her sister, Chloe, and Samantha Robinson—who helped with this project and received Beta Club Service hours at the Homestead.

Doc was busy in the blacksmith shop with his Christmas Elf-apprentices, making wrought iron creations over the hot forge at the shop. Doc and his helpers are a highlight at the Homestead…their good cheer and historic education delight all ages!

Hank Gallups and Robert Dinwiddie were on hand to talk and demonstrate 18th century times…making a natural timeline of living at the William Harris Homestead on December 16, 2017…two hundred years later. Lanier Wheeler is our butter churning expert and is a favorite of us all. He will be on hand for April and for Heritage Day. Join the Lanier Fan Club!

Lois and Mike Foerster were busy with weaving in the log house, dressed in period handmade clothing by Lois, our textile expert. She teaches knitting, spinning, weaving, tatting classes at the Homestead…always in high demand. We are lucky to have such a great couple as supporters of our mission at the Homestead.

Dixie and Butch, Judy, Janet, Jane, Donna Sue and Dotty rounded out the Victorian Christmas at the Homestead. And always, we love Bo, the Wonder Horse…wonder where he is now…!

We also love our traditional sheep…”Sheep in Heavenly Peace” to wish everyone a wonderful and magical Christmas at home and at the William Harris Homestead!

Holiday Happenings at the Homestead


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Homestead Happenings in

December 2
10 am -2 pm
Victorian Christmas at the Harris log house
(See website calendar for other scheduled groups and availability during the Christmas season)

December 16
10 am -2 pm
“Historic Christmas Food For Thought”
A taste of Christmas past at the William Harris Homestead

Saturday, December 16, 2017
10 am to 2 pm

Clarissa Lynch Clifton, our Open Fire Pit cooking historian, will be preparing dishes popular in the 1800’s, demonstrating methods, implements, and recipes handed down to there through the years. She is planning on roast pork, “meager” soup, and a “real” fruit cake.

Doc Watson and his blacksmithing apprentices will be hammering out Christmas tunes on the anvil, making beautiful wrought iron implements for unique Christmas gifts.

Docents, dressed in the style of the day, will be on hand to talk about customs and traditions of times long ago.

Make a cotton angel or corn husk doll or other ornament, using natural
supplies from the Harris woods. Bring the kids, enjoy the festive day!

$6.00 General Admission
$5.00 Senior (60 years+)
Five and under FREE

“Historic Christmas Food For Thought” on Saturday, December 16, 10 am to 2 pm, will offer many aspects of a Victorian Christmas at the William Harris Homestead.
Make reservations on
For more information, call 770-267-5844

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Colonial Georgia Frontier Life Update


The response to this event has been overwhelming! Mark your calendars now, you don’t want to miss this one!

Come on out and enjoy the day with us! Since this Poster was printed we’ve had many additional demonstrators, craftsman and artisans join us; From flint nappers to wooden spoon makers… and many more!

Hope to see you there!
Tomahawk Hank

First and Third Saturday Fee Schedule


First and Third Saturday Fee Schedule
10am – 2pm

SENIOR (60 years +) $5
CHILDREN 5 years and under FREE

The William Harris Homestead Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible and are used to further the mission and vision on the foundation:


The historic William Harris Homestead serves as a cultural and educational center dedicated to the advancement of heritage, agricultural and environmental knowledge.


To preserve an early Georgia homestead and provide education and insight into its cultural and historical impact.

FireWise on the Farm


The William Harris Homestead hosted “FireWise” in conjunction with the Walton County Soil and Conservation District last week. We had a beautiful day and a great turnout for this informative and interesting day!

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.

Copyright © 2017 William Harris Homestead Foundation, Inc., All rights reserved.

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