Learn more about the Reece Heritage Farm here.
Click here for information on becoming a member of the Reece Society.
The grounds are open as a park. The Visitor Center is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Call 706-745-2034 for more information.
The Reece Heritage Farm is located on US 129 a mile north of Vogel State Park has wonderful displays, authentic farm buildings and equipment, and offers self-guided tours via an app available from iTunes or Google Play. And best of all, there are NO ADMISSION FEES! (Facility rental fees for groups or weddings still apply.)
Here’s a map to the Farm as well as other places of importance to Byron Herbert Reece. If you’re using a GPS – the coordinates of the Farm are 34° 46′ 50.948″ N and 83° 54′ 34.953″ W. We’re still working on getting it into GPS tracking systems by name.
The development of this passive interpretive and docent led venue has been the most costly and time-consuming project of the Reece Society. Click here for the long term plans. Major accomplishments to date include:
A complete restoration of the main barn, making it ready for agricultural exhibits and the BHR Gallery & Theatre. In addition, the corn crib has been restored, and a smoke house, chicken coop, and spring house have been constructed.
The relocation of the Reece family house and its complete renovation, making of it a Welcome Center for the site. This Center houses a gift shop, rest room facilities, Reece Family Museum, office and meeting space, and storage areas.
The design and paving of the entrance and parking areas, providing adequate spaces for visitors’ vehicles.
A beautiful pedestrian bridge across Wolf Creek, joining the north and south portions of the 9.3 acres of the property.
The construction of a 2,620 square foot pavilion, capable of accommodating approximately 200 for meetings or 150 for meals. Click here to learn more about renting the Pavilion.
The restoration of the Reece writing studio, now located along the Poetry Trail Garden
The design and paving of the Poetry Trail Garden and the placement of six stone boulders inscribed with Reece poems.
Photos by Fleming Weaver, Byron McCombs and Debra March
10 responses to “Farm”
My wife, Sally, and I just became permanent residents of Towns County. We are both retired teacher/principals of Augusta//Richmond County. Rich N. Ga. Mtn history, like B. H. Reese’s life/talents, are gradually coming to our attention. We savor studying Reese & his works and other history/arts within our new beautiful Ga Mtn area. Thank you, BHR Society for your efforts that have made sites and info available.
W. Franklin Boulineau 02/08/203
Thank you for your kind words! We’d love to have you join the Reece Society, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help out at the Farm site or otherwise further our mission. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested, and we’ll get more information to you about membership and other opportunities. And check back often for updates on what promises to be a very exciting 2013 season!
I’m glad to have found your website. My name is Nick Ballew, son of the late Rex Ballew, a lifetime resident of Blairsville. My father had told me of “Uncle Hub” and his literary accomplishments and contributions. While he was alive, he also told me of the family connection between the Ballew and Reese families. Although I am not certain, I believe my great aunt Lorena Duckworth was married to T.J. Reese who was the younger brother of Byron Herbert Reese. I was wondering if you would be able to verify or correct this information. Thank you, Nick Ballew
We’re glad you found us! I don’t know the answer to your questions, but we’ll see if we can find out.
I can’t help you, but I’m sure someone from the Reece Society will. This is very interesting information. Cheryl Smith
My name is Carolyn Adcock. My mother was Katie Chloe Lance, sister of Emma, Hub’s mother. You are right that Lorena Duckworth was married to T. J. Reese, However T. J. was the older brother of Byron Herbert Reese, not younger brother.
Are you guys available for weddings?
Yes! We’ve got a beautiful venue for weddings at the pavilion. You can learn more at the pavilion portion of the site – https://byronherbertreecesociety.wordpress.com/the-pavilion/
Exciting news! Where is the farm actually located? Can’t seem to find a street address on the website. Thanks!
We’ve just gotten a 911 address assigned! We’re at 8552 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512. We’re still working on getting it located on Google Maps etc. so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t yet show up. However, we’re off of US Highway 129 about .7 of a mile north of Vogel State Park. Does that help?