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Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center

At the base of Blood Mountain, just below Vogel State Park, is a county treasure filled with priceless riches and unimaginable beauty. The Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center lies cradled along Wolf Creek. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the historic farmstead offers an atmosphere of incomparable measure in both peace and tranquility.

Byron Herbert ReeceWhat once played a role in a modest man's humble life and abode, has now become a 'County and State's historic treasure site.' Yet the value of Byron Herbert Reece rests not so much in the landscape or home, but in the heart and soul of this literary genius. A renowned poet and novelist of his time, Byron Herbert Reece rose to the height of literary fame. He labored with his love, eloquent in rhyme, equal to his acclaim. Today this beautiful farmstead still resonates his spirit with the echoes of the past. The words and pictures only begin to describe the creative talent that he possessed and shared with so many that loved his works. He was rooted in near poverty, yet excelled in such an exceptional manner.

The remaining 9.3-acres of the Reece family farm has recently underwent superb renovations and re-development. A community effort bonded by love for this literary talent has breathed new life into the old historic farmstead.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm House - Gift ShopReece's original old simple wood framed house was moved from its original location across the driveway, to its new site on the property, to be restored and beautifully enhanced. This new site was a carefully planned catalyst to a fresh start, and new beginning that would meticulously shape a path to an experience that one must see to believe. The historic house's Welcome Center and Gift Shop have been restyled, yet remains humble in its origins. The upper level exterior has been renovated and painted, where as the interior has been refurbished and decorated. A lower lever (not open to the general public) has been added along with an upper level porch with rocking chairs over looking the historic farmstead. A stone treatment has been added to the deck columns, as well as the lower level, giving the Welcome Center and Gift Shop that natural landscape appeal. There is also a beautiful wildflower garden bordering the north side of the house.

Within the historic home's Welcome Center and Gift Shop there are some original furnishings, plus Byron Reece's personal typewriter. There's also an impressive gift shop in the center which include books by Byron Herbert Reece, along with former state governor Zell Miller, and Terry Kay, plus other items such as arts, crafts and more cover the tables and line the shelves.

Byron Herbert Reece Interpretive TrailOutside the Welcome Center and Gift Shop there's a very impressive Interpretive Trail winding thru the farmstead depicting the everyday life on the Reece family farm. Beginning at the Welcome Center and Gift Shop, the Poetry Trail moves visitors along a trail of discovery. The first point of interest consists of four circular stone forum style, poetry islands, featuring excerpts from Reece's writings. Next, there's Mulberry Hall, which is considered by some to be his writing studio. From there the trail moves on to the farm's barn and other outbuildings.

Byron Herbert Reece Writing LoftThe Main Barn and largest farm structure, is filled to the rafters with livestock displays, and early farm equipment. Up in the loft there is another studio with vintage furnishing, including a small theater and film presentation on the life of Byron Herbert Reece. Next to the barn is another Interpretive Trail sign. Between the barn and main house is a sculpture by popular local artist Al Garnto.

Byron Herbert Reece PavillionAn open meadow rolls to the south from the Interpretive Trail and Welcome Center. Wolf Creek Trail begins near the working Spring House, a meadow flows southward from the farmstead bordered by the cascading waters of Wolf Creek. At the far end of the meadow is a wooden bridge crossing the creek that leads into another open field with a large wood and stone pavilion.

The Pavilion is great for gatherings such as reunions, weddings, as well as family and company picnics. An outdoor auditorium is planned for the future, featuring the theatrical adaptation of Byron Herbert Reece's novel …'Reach of Song.' Reach of Song, a theatrical play, has earned the honor of being 'Georgia's official state play'.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center is all about getting in touch with the past, and in touch with this literary talent's natural surrounding. It's an excellent outdoor educational experience for adults and kids of all ages.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center
8552 Gainesville Hwy • Blairsville, GA 30512
Open April - November
Thursday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

 

 

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