Hardman Farm Historic Site

Hardman Farm Historic Site
Historic Site 706-878-1077

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This property is managed by nearby Smithgall Woods State Park.
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The Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound at Hardman Farm is perhaps the best known feature of Hardman Farm, located just south of Helen in White County. The gazebo-topped mound and cow pasture is a favorite landmark in north Georgia with exceptional ties to Native American history.
Guided house tours include the 19th-century parlor, original lighting, and interesting telephone and climate control system. Visitors will also see the bedroom belonging to Anna Ruby Nichols, the namesake of nearby Anna Ruby Falls. The old barn was the focal point of Nacoochee Dairy that operated from 1910 until the mid-1920s. Guests will learn how milk was processed and transported, plus they will see a spring house and former horse barn. The tree-lined road leading from the visitor center to the house is a remaining portion of the historic Unicoi Turnpike. This 200-mile road went from Toccoa to western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. It began as a buffalo trail, then a Native American trading route. 

Built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, the house is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee Valley. Its second owner was Calvin Hunnicutt, a wealthy Atlanta business man. Hunnicutt used the house only as a summer retreat and much of his original furniture remains. The last owner was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman, Georgia’s governor from 1927–1931. It was lovingly preserved and donated to the state of Georgia in 1999. The Nacoochee Mound is a burial site and was probably used long before the Cherokee inhabited the area.


Season: March 1–December 18

From December 19–February 28, the site is closed due to seasonal hours.

Historic Site Hours:

Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Last tour at 3 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Phone Hours:

Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $12.00
- Seniors (62+): $10.00
- Youth (6–17): $7.50
- Children (under 6): $3.00
+ Tax
Group reservations are required.


• 173 Acres
• "New Life on the Nacoochee" Guided Tour — on the hour Thursday–Sunday
• "Bread & Butter" Guided Tour — on the half hour Saturday–Sunday
• Self-Guided Tour
• Dairy Barn
• Gazebo-Topped Indian Mound

Nearby Attractions:

Alpine Village of Helen
• Anna Ruby Falls
Blairsville, Georgia
• Blue Ridge Mountains
• Brasstown Bald
Cabbage Patch Kids/Babyland General
Dahlonega Gold Museum
• Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
• Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee
Moccasin Creek State Park
• Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area
• Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway
Smithgall Woods State Park
• Wildwood Outfitters
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Vogel State Park

Note: Hardman Farm Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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U-Pick Corn Harvest Day
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Governor Hardman grew several acres of corn to feed his livestock. The UGA White County Extension and Hardman Farm have grown an acre of 4 varieties of pesticide free sweet corn: Peaches and Cream, Ambrosia, Temptation, and Providence.  Corn is priced at 25 cents per ear. 706-878-1077.
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from Aug 12, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This post-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible
Georgia's Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Tents will be arrayed across the field and musicians will be on stage while festival goers taste delectable dishes made from Georgia products, sample north Georgia‚Äôs finest wines, and shop the booths of regional artists.  Click for fees. 706-865-5356.
Volunteer Cleaning Days
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Cleaning a historic home requires a gentle approach without the use of harsh chemicals. Come out for our quarterly cleaning of the Big House and outbuildings. 706-878-1077.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite state park or historic site. Join us in improving Hardman Farm from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. We will break for lunch at 12:00. Volunteers may leave for lunch, or bring a lunch to eat at our picnic tables. A complementary tour of the Big House will begin at 1:00 PM and end at 2:00 PM. 706-878-1077.
Fall Celebration at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Enjoy the feel of an old-fashioned country fair set in the beautiful Nacoochee Valley, surrounded by the colors of the season. Hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, traditional craft vendors, local authors and historians, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press. 706-878-1077.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 4 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 4 PM to 7 PM
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 4 PM to 7 PM
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Come see the house in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights and a walk down the Unicoi Road.  $5. 706-878-1077.
Hardman Farm Historic Site
143 Highway 17
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
White County

GPS Coordinates:

N 34 41.088' | W 083 42.497'
Hardman Farm is located at the intersection of Highways 17 and 75, one mile south of Helen. The temporary entrance is on Highway 75 just north of the intersection.
Some GPS units will mistakenly take you into downtown Helen.

Hardman Farm Historic Site
143 Highway 17
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571 View Details

Hardman Farm Historic Site