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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  • 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


  • Remarkable Georgia Women

    Remarkable Georgia Women

    03/24/2018 - 03/24/2018

    Come celebrate Women's History Month with us. Prepare to be astonished as you hear about 15 women born before 1900 who made outstanding achievements in Georgia. Sara Hines Martin, author of "Remarkable Georgia Women," wears a historic dress and displays photos of the women as she speaks. Ms. Martin will have her book available for sale.

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  • Sweep the Hooch

    Sweep the Hooch

    04/07/2018 - 04/07/2018

    We will be partnering with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Smithgall Woods State Park to do a river clean-up of the Chattahoochee. We invite you to keep our rivers clean and beautiful by picking up trash along our new Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail. We will meet at the Hardman Farm visitor center.

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  • Emory Jones Book Signing

    Emory Jones Book Signing

    04/14/2018 - 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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  • Georgia's First Dig - The Story of the Nacoochee Indian Mound

    Georgia's First Dig - The Story of the Nacoochee Indian Mound

    04/14/2018 - 04/14/2018

    Hear about the first professional archaeological dig in Georgia with Archaeologist Max White, PhD. The Nacoochee Indian Mound was partially excavated in 1915. Questions about who built it and what was discovered will be addressed, as well as the significance of the dig.

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  • Farm Animal Fun Day

    Farm Animal Fun Day

    04/14/2018 - 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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  • National Trails Day on the Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail

    National Trails Day on the Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail

    06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

    Enjoy a 2 mile out and back guided hike along the brand new Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail. This hike will lead you through several layers of history in White County, as well as the natural history of the Chattahoochee River. Meet in the Visitor Center.

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  • Anna Ruby Tuesday

    Anna Ruby Tuesday

    07/10/2018 - 07/10/2018

    What was life like for a well-to-do girl in Nacoochee in the 1870s? In this one day camp, 6-10 year old girls will play period games, try on period clothes, and have an English tea. Advanced registration required. Email [email protected] to sign up.

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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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  • 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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