Sautee Nacoochee Center
- Cultural Center & grounds: $No admission
- Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia: $Admission varies
- African American Heritage Site: $Donations appreciated
Hours of Operation
- Monday : 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday : 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday : 10:00am - 5:00am
- Thursday : 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday : 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday : 10:00pm - 5:00pm
- Sunday : 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Imagine a place where you - people of all ages - can explore, learn, ponder, perform, shop, take classes, listen, create, dance, sing, cook, eat, play, walk and enjoy. The Sautee Nacoochee Center is that place.
The Sautee Nacoochee Community Association maintains the Sautee Nacoochee Center, a thriving cultural and community center housed in a restored rural schoolhouse. The Center includes a folk pottery museum, an African-American heritage site, a theatre, two gallery/gift shops, an art studio, dance studio, local history museum, commercial kitchen, restored gymnasium, outdoor stage, event facilities, BBQ shed, playground, walking trail, an adaptive garden, a blacksmith shed, a native plants garden, a peace pole, a butterfly garden, a free little library and a bottle tree.
The Sautee Nacoochee Center welcomes all. The 8-acre campus is set in the scenic Sautee Valley.For more information, visit www.snca.org.
Check out our new, free mobile app! The Explore Helen & Sautee Nacoochee app provides a tour of the area, highlighting historic sites and landscapes. For the web version, go to: http://helensauteega.oncell.com.
Here is a link to download it to Android and iPhones: https://snca.org/explore-Helen-GA/intro.html.One exhibit within the local history museum highlights a local connection to the Civil War. Joe Brown's pikes, a long wooden staff with a bayonet attached were manufactured nearby. Also on display is a 3' by 4' milling stone unearthed from the Chattahoochee River, used by natives to the area 10,00 year ago.
Vibrant paintings of all subjects in all media line the hallways of the Cultural Center. A stroll past them will introduce you to faces and places that you may have never met before. These "Hallway Invitational" exhibits are mounted every 8 weeks. Stop by to see who and what is hanging on the wall today!
The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is a unique resource unlike any in the southeast. Some of the hand thrown pottery pieces, made from clay dug from the banks of nearby creeks, stand 4 feet tall. They are awe inspiring in their functionality, sometimes "dolled up" with decoration and often, the face jugs in particular, are funny or scary.
The African-American Heritage Site is an antebellum slave cabin original to the Sautee Valley. Transported from its nearby original site, the landscaping and signage compassionately share the story of the people who gave their lives in service to their owners. The restored cabin is an unusual resource in the hills of Appalachia.The Native Peace Garden, dedicated in 2019, is a quarter-acre garden dedicated not only to native plants but created in honor of the native peoples who lived in these valleys. The mighty oak around which the garden sits, is probably 150 years old, a witness to another time.
An intimate 98 seat theatre is the site of concerts, talent shows, plays and productions of all kinds. Created from the original auditorium of the 1928 school building, the theatre's excellent acoustics make it an ideal setting for experiencing the humanness of each and every performer.
Two gallery shops glitter and shine with the works of over 200 juried artists who live within 50 miles of the Sautee Nacoochee Center. The contents of the galleries change every eight weeks, so there is always something new and exciting - original hand-drawn cards, exquisite hand-turned bowls, vibrant quilts, and jewelry created in all shapes, colors and media.
When students are in the Art Studio, laughter fills the halls as old and newly-made friends gather to create something new. Classes in watercolor and drawing are offered regularly as well as special workshops. The Folk Pottery Museum studio hosts workshops in clay for all ages.
The Community Hall services the needs of the community. It houses classes for children and adults. It is a gathering place for potlucks and community programs. It is available to rent for special events and is equipped with a commercial kitchen for use by the renter or caterer.
The old gymnasium is considered historic because it has been in use by the community since the 1930s. The gym has its original sprung wood floor, a stage, and has been upgraded with heating and air. It is available for rent and is used regularly for contra dancing, special events, and Hapkido classes.
Oh, the pleasure of an outdoor stage! On this little covered, wooden structure many a fabulous musician has played or sung. Set along the roadside in the lawn near the playground, the stage is used for concerts and festivals in the spring, summer and fall and is available for rent.
The walking trail at the Sautee Nacoochee Center makes its way around the 8-acre campus. Down into the woods, by the ball field, past the African American Heritage Site and playground, the trail is the perfect place to stretch your legs and collect your thoughts.While the Sautee Nacoochee Center is a membership based organization, it is open to all. We look forward to your visit. www.snca.org.
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