Hardman Farm Named North Georgia Historic Site in 2015

Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of
Natural Resources

Visitors to Lucille’s have a new place to check out, right in our own Sautee Nacoochee neighborhood. Hardman Farm, a 173-acre farm and homestead was made a new Georgia State Historic Site in March, 2015, and it makes a great outing for those who enjoy a beautiful setting with their history.

Located along the Chattahoochee River just south of Helen, Hardman Farm State Historic Site includes a house, barn and perhaps most recognizable of all, a gazebo-topped Indian mound, which is a favorite local landmark. The house was built by Captain James Nichols in 1870 and is a classic example of Italianate architecture. The last owner of the home was Lamartine Hardman, Georgia’s Governor from 1927-1931, and it was his family who preserved the property and donated it to the state in 1999.

The Nacoochee Indian Mound, with its unique gazebo topping, is a burial site, most likely from days long before the Cherokee came to the area. Tour visitors can see it as well as the restored dairy barn to learn how milk was processed and transported in days gone by. The spring house and former horse barn are also part of the tour.

Hardman Farm State Historic Site
143 Highway 17, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia 30571

Open Thursday – Sunday, March through December, 2015

Guided tours at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Self-guided tours are not allowed.
Adults, 12; Seniors 62 and older, $10; Children 6-17, $7; Children under 6, $3.

Prices do not include tax. Reservations are suggested.

If you’re visiting the area on October 10, you could take in a special afternoon event at Hardman Farm that will feature hayrides through the site, hands-on pioneer exhibits, mountain music and apple cider from a hand-cranked press.

Fall Celebration at the Hardman Farm

Saturday, October 10, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


On November 14, Hardman Farm will present a special program for Native American Heritage Month that includes musical performers, and Women of Heart’s interpretive history of the area’s native people.

Times and Places of the Cherokee People at Hardman Farm

Saturday, November 14, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program, $5/person; Tour of house, $7/person

Once you’re done touring the great old mansion of Hartman Farm, you can head back to the beautiful setting of Lucille’s, and settle in on the parch to watch the sun set over the mountains. Sound good? Give us a call!