Spring blooms at Georgia’s historic Hardman Farm: It’s likely one of the most photographed sites in the North Georgia mountains: a lovely gazebo sitting atop a Native American mound. But few people know the story behind the Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound or the property on which it’s located, which is why a trip to Hardman Farm might be a perfect addition to your spring travels.
Hardman Farm State Historic Site is one of the newest additions to the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites network, and covers 173 acres in Sautee Nacoochee, near Helen. Along with the famous gazebo and mound, the site’s main attraction is the 1870 Italianate mansion, built by Captain James Nichols (whose daughter was named Anna Ruby, and for whom the nearby Anna Ruby Falls is named). The home’s second owner was Atlanta businessman Calvin Hunnicutt, who bought much of the furniture which remains in the house today, and its third occupant was former Georgia Governor Dr. Lamartine Hardman, whose family donated the home to the state back in 1999.
As for that famous mound located just across the street from the home, it was likely used as a Native American burial site; Captain Nichols placed the gazebo on top, a move which likely saved the mound from destruction (a fate which experts say befell many surrounding mounds) over the years.
Along with the mound and the home, Hardman Farm State Historic Site features a Visitor Center, gift shop, and nature trail. The site is located at 143 Highway 17 in Sautee Nacoochee, and operating hours at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays through Mondays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for youth ages six to 17.
The Good Day feature team first visited Hardman Farm when the home opened to the public, but a return visit has been well past due. So, we spent the morning in lovely Sautee Nacoochee, getting a tour of the house and grounds and learning more about the site’s fascinating history. Click the video player above to check it out!
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