The Fairy Festival was held on May 6th, 2023, at the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center (circa 1825), an award winning Walton County historic site. Guests had a magical time making fairy wands and fairy houses, painting rocks, decorating cookies, and painting their own miniature fairy friend to take home with them. There was a Maypole dance and music making, story time, and a picturesque walk in the woods with our local fairies. Visitors were also able to tour the historic log house and grounds, and learn about the history of the land.
Archaeology Day was celebrated on Saturday, April 15th, at the William Harris Homestead Museum & Education Center (circa 1825), an award-winning Walton County historic site. Guests observed Georgia Gwinnett College's, Dr. Kate Deeley, and her archaeology students as they conducted Shovel Pit Testing excavations on site. In addition, guests attended a presentation on Dr. Deeley's work with the Homestead with a Q&A session.
Visitors went on a wild edible plant foray with "The Forager Chick", Anne-Marie Bilella, and enjoyed spinning and weaving demonstrations in the historic log house. Guests toured the historic log house, outbuildings, and the grounds, as well as went on a hayride to see more of the beautiful historic property.
Doc Watson and his apprentice were at the forge, demonstrating the hard work of blacksmithing. Robert Dinwiddie used his tools, a sharpened froe and maul, to make cedar shingles by hand, like those on the roof of the historic log house.
Archaeology Day was a fun learning experience for all ages at the Homestead property on a beautiful Saturday in Walton County. Dr. Deeley’s research focuses primarily on excavating the foundations of homes of the enslaved people who lived and worked there in the first half of the 19th century. Through this ongoing research, the William Harris Homestead is now listed as a Georgia archaeological site
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