Northeast Georgia Mountains / Sautee Nacoochee

Hardman Farm State Historic Site

143 Hwy. 17
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

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  • The "Big House"

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  • Farm Animal Fun Day

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  • Hardman Farm State Historic Site

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  • Dr. Hardman's Nacoochee Dairy and carriage house

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The 173-acre Hardman Farm is located in historic Sautee Nacoochee, just south of Helen, Georgia. It is best recognized by a gazebo-topped Indian mound and cow pasture. The house, built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, 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. Visitors will enjoy seeing the house, its 19th-century parlor and large dairy barn. The last owner was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman who was Governor of Georgia from 1927-1931. The Nacoochee Indian Mound is a burial site and was probably used long before the Cherokee inhabited the area. The Indian Mound with its little gazebo is one of the most recognized landmarks in Georgia.

Call 706-878-1077 to confirm hours and admission fees. Open March through December. Hardman Farm is open Thursday - Sunday, March through December. Guided tours are hourly: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Reservations suggested for groups).

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults Adults $12, Seniors $10, Youth $7, Child $3

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Guided Tours / Guide Available

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Emory Jones Book Signing

    Emory Jones Book Signing

    07/14/2018 - 12/08/2018

    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.

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  • Arrowheads Through the Ages

    Arrowheads Through the Ages

    07/17/2018 - 07/17/2018

    In this one-day camp for children ages 6-10, the evolution of Native American hunting tools will be explored. What tools were used for which animals? How did they change over time? The fields of archaeology and history combine with recreation to create a fun, active day for kids.

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  • Hardman Farm to Table Dinner

    Hardman Farm to Table Dinner

    07/28/2018 - 07/28/2018

    Join us as we celebrate nearly 150 years of harvest at Hardman Farm. We invite you for an evening in The Valley, featuring live music, period dressed characters teaching about the history of the Farm, and a locally grown dinner and drinks. The dishes will be based on what would have been enjoyed in the summers of the early 1900s. The dinner will be prepared by Bernie's Nacoochee Valley Guest House, where Chef Monda has compiled a delectable menu entirely of local Georgia Grown products.

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  • Farm Animal Fun Day

    Farm Animal Fun Day

    09/01/2018 - 11/10/2018

    Over the years, Hardman Farm has been the home to several species of livestock. Come visit some furry friends here on the Farm as we continue our journey to "bring the farm to life" and keep the American agricultural experience alive.

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  • Georgia's Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival

    Georgia's Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival

    09/15/2018 - 09/15/2018

    The grounds of Hardman Farm in Sautee Nacoochee will be set for a celebration of the senses on Sat., Sept. 16. Musicians will play on stage while festival-goers taste delectable dishes made from Georgia products by Georgia chefs, sample Georgia wines and craft beers and shop the booths of Georgia artists selling all types of creations.

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  • Fall Celebration Festival

    Fall Celebration Festival

    10/13/2018 - 10/13/2018

    Travel back in time to an old fashioned country fair surrounded by the colors of the season. Vendors will be selling hand-made Appalachian products like baskets, soaps, pottery and more. Learn to make candles, butter and cider from a hand-cranked press.

    The Big House will be open for self-guided tours of the first floor. Try your luck in the potato sack race or three legged race. Enjoy lunch and treats such as fried pies and boiled peanuts as you listen to mountain music.

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  • Victorian Christmas

    Victorian Christmas

    11/30/2018 - 12/15/2018

    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.

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