History Buff

Historic Courthouse Museum

3 Town Square / 706-745-5493
This 100 year old building captures the spirit of Georgia settlers who moved to the rugged mountain country more than 150 years ago. Tour the museum of artifacts and antiques and check out the Margarita Morgan Miniature Collection.

Mountain Life Museum

25 School Street / 706-745-5493
Located just one block south of the Historic Courthouse you will find the 1906 Butt - Mock House home which has been fully restored and contains exhibits and a gift shop. Also check out the John Payne Cabin, a Civil War era cabin that has been restored to its original floor plan.

Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center

195 GA. Mtn. Exp. Station Road / 706-745-2655
Known by the locals as the “Experiment Station,” this site is home to a historic cannery and interpretive displays, ethnobotanical and native plant gardens, and Civilian Conservation Corp era buildings. Seasonal guided tours are available.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

8552 Gainesville Highway / 706-745-2034
Enjoy a self guided tour of the home site of Byron Herbert Reece, a famous Georgia poet and novelist. Open
seasonally.

Vogel State Park

405 Vogel State Park Road / 706-745-2628
One of Georgia’s oldest and most loved state parks. The park offers many fun activities and a chance to learn about its rich history. Don’t miss the Civilian Conservation Corp Museum!

Walasi-Yi Center

12471 Gainesville Highway / 706-745-6095
This building was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and originally used as an inn and restaurant. The remains of the original Cherokee town are below the Walasi-Yi Center. The modern day site is home to the only covered portion of the Appalachian Trial, a hiker supply store, and a hiker hostel. A short hike from the Walasi-Yi Center leads to the restored Blood Mountain Shelter, another CCC built structure.

Brasstown Bald Mountain

Georgia Highway 180 / 706-896-2556
Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in Georgia. From the summit, you will have a panoramic view of 4 states and spend some time in the history museum. Hike to the top or take a shuttle from May to October.

Track Rock Petroglyphs

Track Rock Gap Road / 706-745-6928
Track Rock Gap is one of the best known sites for historical petroglyphs, or marked stones. It consists of six table sized soapstone boulders containing hundreds of symbols carved into the surface.