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The William Harris Homestead. The William Harris Homestead. A Walton County Historic Landmark Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 Received the Citation for Excellence from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in 1990

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The william harris homestead1
The William Harris Homestead

  • A Walton County Historic Landmark

  • Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982

  • Received the Citation for Excellence from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in 1990

  • Awarded the Centennial Farm Award in 1993 by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

  • In 2001, the William Harris Homestead Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization, was created to specialize in historic preservation and heritage education



19 th century herb garden
19th Century Herb Garden




A day in the 19 th century
“A Day in the 19th Century”

  • “A Day in the 19th Century” field trip program offers a descriptive and visual approach to teaching students and adults what life was like for Walton County settlers of the early 1800’s.

  • Included in the program’s four rotating units is a brief history of the formation of Walton County and the growth of the community up to the turn of the century.



The creek indians
The Creek Indians Homestead staff.

Students learn about

the Creek Indian Nation

that once occupied the

area. This unit includes:

  • A discussion about the Creek Indians

  • A walk to the Harris spring and washplace

  • A hayride to the Apalachee River and surrounding farm land, once home to the Creek Indians.


The log house circa 1825
The Log House, circa 1825 Homestead staff.

Students learn what it was like to live in a log house without

the conveniences of modern day technology, including:

  • Spinning and weaving, cotton cloth production

  • Daily household chores

  • Open-hearth cooking

  • Food preparation and preservation


The herb garden
The Herb Garden Homestead staff.

Students visit the “kitchen” garden where many herbs and plants were grown to be used as medicines in the 1800’s. They also view:

  • Candle-making

  • The log house’s root cellar

  • The smokehouse, for meat preservation

  • The Harris Family Cemetery


Soldiering during the civil war
Soldiering during the Civil War Homestead staff.

Civil War interpreters depict what life was like for the soldiers on the battlefields during the “War Between the States”:

  • Clothing for the Confederate soldiers

  • Contents of a rucksack

  • Available food and its preparation for a soldier

    during the War.



Lunch on the lawn

Lunch On The Lawn Homestead staff.



Good bye until next year

Good Bye Until Next Year Homestead staff.


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