SAUTEE NACOOCHEE - Georgia's newest state historic site, Hardman Farm in White County, opens for tours March 5. The beloved landmark in north Georgia is best recognized for its gazebo-topped Indian mound and field of black-and-white cows. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the main house and dairy barn. The elegant home features an especially nice 19th century parlor, and many furnishings are original, including lighting fixtures.
The farm's main 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. The last owner was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman who was Georgia's governor from 1927-1931. The property was preserved by the Hardman family for many years and donated to the state in 1999. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been restoring the property and several buildings.
Hardman Farm is open for guided tours Thursdays through Sundays at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 706-878-1077. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older, and $7 for children. Group tours are available by advance reservation.
Hardman Farm is located at the intersection of Hwys. 17 and 75. The entrance is on Hwy. 75 just north of the intersection. To learn more, visit www.GaStateParks.org/hardmanfarm or call 706-878-1077.