Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center

Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center, Blairsville: Hours, Address, Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center

Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Farms
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Byron Herbert Reece was an award-winning poet and novelist who still saw his major life's calling to be tending his family's farm in a steep valley beside Wolf Creek in southern Appalachia. His farm has been beautifully preserved as a monument both to his literary achievements and to help people today learn about what life was like on a farm in the first half of the 20th century. Reece wrote: "From bits and shards in idle times I made these stories, shaped these rhymes May they engage some friendly tongue When I am past the reach of song." Many educational displays in the original farm buildings help guests understand the hardships and rewards of farm life in Appalachia.
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gatorfrog
Blairsville, GA46 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
This was a great historical place to visit. They have farming that is the way it used to be years ago and the place is named after Georgia's famous poet. Bryon Herbert Reese. A small fee of $3.00. Defnitely worth the money.
Written August 25, 2014
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Dear gatorfrog, Thanks so much for your review! I apologize that it has taken us this long to respond, but we members of the volunteer organization, the Byron Herbert Reece Society, are learning about social media as we go along! This year, the admission fee has increased slightly to $4, but it's still a great family bargain. Again, thanks for your visit and review. We hope you'll come back to see us again, especially to the Mountain Gardens Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Written April 21, 2015
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pianogardenlover
Marietta, GA139 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
The Center is a tribute to an outstanding Georgian. The film is not to be missed! Very moving and educational. This man was the American dream.....poor mountain farmer to published poet and novelist.
Give yourself a good hour to take in the essence of what he accomplished. Be sure to see the barn and outbuildings..
Written October 16, 2014
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Dear pianogardenlover, Thanks for your review! Our Society is trying to increase Byron Herbert Reece's 'national fame' as you mentioned. We hope you'll come back to see us again, especially to the Mountain Gardens Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015. And although I don't think Reece was proficient at the piano, he certainly loved classical music. You can see his typewriter and his victorola in the display that's up in the barn's hayloft.
Written April 21, 2015
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karenog2012
Perry, FL93 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We went on a Tuesday and it was closed but from the gate and road it looked like a very interesting place!! We will go back when it is open ...
Written October 9, 2014
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Dear Karenog2012, Thanks for your review! I'm sorry that the farm was closed the day you drove by. It's open for the season now. I apologize that it has taken us this long to respond, but we members of the volunteer organization, the Byron Herbert Reece Society, are learning about social media as we go along! We hope you'll come back to see us again, especially to the Mountain Gardens Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Written April 21, 2015
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GEPZ
Maywood, IL31 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
It is the home of a famous poet who live in the area and who use to farm the land. It is an amazing story of Byron Herbert Reece who lived and grew up here. You get to see and walk through his home and farm land. It is a nice and quiet walk through his house and barn at are along a creek.
Written September 30, 2014
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Dear GEPZ, Thanks for the nice review! We hope you'll come back to see us again, especially to the Mountain Gardens Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Written April 21, 2015
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pat c
Clayton, GA38 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
This farm and center is very well done with an excellent Emmy winning short film about his life and the mountain culture. The farm, museum grounds and buildings are well maintained, organized and displayed.
Written September 7, 2014
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Dear Pat C, Thanks so much for your review! This year, the admission fee has increased slightly to $4, but it's still a great family bargain. Again, thanks for your visit and review. We hope you'll come back to see us again, especially to the Mountain Gardens Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Written April 21, 2015
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David1975AA
Florida102 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
This is a new attraction in Union County. It is very well done and includes a lot of information about the early days in the mountains. The barn has all kinds of exhibits showing how the early settlers lived and worked. A lot of Byron Reece information is displayed. The Farm is very clean and well kept. My daughter and granddaughters really liked the visit.
Written June 27, 2013
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Thanks so much for your review! I apologize that it has taken us this long to respond, but we members of the volunteer organization, the Byron Herbert Reece Society, are learning about social media as we go along! We hope you'll come back to see us again, especially to the Mountain Gardens Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Written April 21, 2015
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Road_Warrior32034
Amelia Island, FL923 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We were pleased that the center facilities were fully available to enjoy on this Saturday in mid-April, before the tourist season got into full swing. We had stopped earlier in the week and the gift shop and all of the out buildings were locked up. We did watch the chickens and rooster for a while. During our Saturday visit, everything was open and we were able to enjoy the gift shop, smokehouse, the corn crib, the two-story barn, all of which had extremely informative placards describing how the tools and machines contained therein were important to survival in the mountain farm environment.

While talking to the young lady in the gift shop, we learned that the facility had only been open a few years and the gift shop still looked brand new. Next to the door of the gift shop, we noticed elaborately carved and painted walking staffs which had been made by the caretaker of the center.

On the grounds, we visited the chicken and rooster pen again and got to see inside the smoke house and learn about how important salting and smoking was to mountain food preservation techniques prior to them getting electric service in 1938. We explored the corn crib next and leaned about all the uses of this primary staple of farm life. We also leaned about particular construction requirement of a corn crib. Then it was time for the pièce de résistance, the two-story barn. I think there were seven stalls on the ground floor off the main isle. Each had a specific emphasis; cows, pigs, farm garden plants, kitchen, tools, etc. Upstairs was one large space with various furniture displays set up and a small “theater” section to sit and watch a 30 min movie about the poet, author who was primarily a mountain farmer. The same movie shows in the gift shop as well, but we enjoyed watching it while surrounded by artifacts of the time. Everything, and I mean everything, was done in an excellent manner. This place is a real education for everyone, including young families, class trips, scout troops, and urban dwellers.

Overall, this center may very well be the highlight of our ten day visit to the area.
Written April 23, 2018
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momabe
Georgia104 contributions
Jul 2017
Legendary Georgia writer and poet Byron Herbert Reece is remembered on this historical farm and heritage park. Go back in time when these Appalachia mountains were isolated from the world. As a former student of Young Harris College, it is also a journey in time of days spent at the college. I lived in the dorm that Reece resided. Also, this park is a reality due to the work of professors John Kay and Bettie Sellers. Great place to learn history and to honor the works of Mr. Reece.
Written July 11, 2017
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4Bill7
Winter Haven, FL40 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Not much to see or do, but interesting to a point, but nothing special. I'm sure over time they will upgrade.
Written August 9, 2016
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I'd greatly appreciate some additional information related to your review, so that we can upgrade over time, as you put it. Did you have a family group with teens? Children? or just adults? Did you watch the video about Reece's life? What did you find interesting, and what was "blah"? Did there happen to be a docent present who could answer your questions, or only the recreation department staff on duty at the visitors' center desk? What would have enhanced your experience, or made you more interested in checking out Reece's literary works? We anticipate a hiking trail being completed to Vogel State Park and its CCC museum some months from now. Would that have enhanced your experience? Any other general suggestions? Thanks!
Written August 11, 2016
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Molly S
Murphy, NC178 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
Today was the annual open house for the Heritage Center. If you didn't attend you really missed a fun day. Free admission today and fresh hot biscuits with ham or jelly, hot cider and plenty of other delicious goodies. Author Terry Kay was signing books and Jerry Taylor was playing several of his portable vintage organs. Even with the cloudy day it was lots of fun. Besides the history of the Reece homestead it is a beautiful place for a picnic or a walk beside the creek!
Written November 28, 2015
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Thanks for your review! I actually responded at the time, but tripadvisor for some reason rejected the response, probably because I listed the Society's online site for information on when we'd reopen this spring. But good news! We're open again, and this year there is FREE admission every day. Come enjoy the farm and the educational exhibits.
Written May 24, 2016
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