News and Events
Grants and Donations The Charles M. Walker Foundation generously awarded $3625.00 to the William Harris Homestead for Heritage Education for 2013. We are so very thankful for their continued support. The Colonial Dames of America, Piedmont Chapter XXXIII have also generously supported the Homestead with a $2,000 donation for a historical marker at the entrance of the WHH. The members of the chapter are supporting the William Harris Homestead in 2014 with a permanent, descriptive aluminum sign to be placed near the entrance to the log house. They are committed to helping with sign projects for the next few years. We are so very appreciative of their loyalty and dedication to the future of the Homestead.
Antiques and Collectibles in the Country will be held Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 25, 9 am to 4 pm. This will be a great fundraising event for the Homestead. We are planning to host over 50 vendors to bring their vintage treasures to share with the Walton County community and the surrounding area of Atlanta and north Georgia. Mark your calendar! We will have food trucks on the lawn, hayrides, tours, musical entertainment, sheepherding and more... for the entire family!
Project Roadshare--partnering with Walton Wellness! Walton Wellness is devoted to promoting and encouraging good health in Walton County. Among their varied efforts is an emphasis on Cycling in Walton County. We are pleased and proud to share in this endeavor to bring about healthy lifestyles for families in this area. We participated in the Athens Food Tours, Agro Cycle Tour in September 2013 and plan to be a part of this event in 2014. Pedal for a healthier future with Walton Wellness and the Homestead!
Hooray for Hiking! The William Harris Homestead is planning to open the William Harris Homestead Foundation property for hiking trails for all ages. The countryside of the Homestead is so very beautiful, serene and peaceful--just perfect for walking and watching. We also want to focus on the agricultural environment of the Homestead, providing exercise for the body and the mind with hiking trails and informative signs along the way.
A Day in the 19th Century Field Tripwas totally booked for fall 2013. We have had such a great time with over 2,000 students, chaperones and teachers from northeast Georgia this past fall. We are busy scheduling for spring 2014. Learning about the 1800's with William and Harriet Harris and their family as a backdrop is a great way to bring history alive for so many.
Heritage Day 2015... Reflections On the Civil War is being planned for spring of 2015. We will celebrate 19th century farming and commemorate the end of the sesquicentennial remembrance of the Civil War. See photos of our last Heritage Day on the William Harris Homestead Facebook page.
A Hidden Treasure... The William Harris Homestead was chosen to be one of three "Georgia's Hidden Treasures" for WSB-TV, Channel 2 (ABC), spring TV program, Georgia's Hidden Treasures. It was a 30-minute program, initially airing June 9, and reshown throughout the summer. The segment about the William Harris Homestead Foundation will highlight the field trip, A Day in the 19th Century, for elementary, middle school students and adults. Watch the video.
Enjoy the Homestead...WHH is available for family reunions, birthday parties, weddings and other events, and custom group tours by appointment. Open to the public the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm.