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 cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and more. Musical perfor- mances, contra dancing and annual festivals are open to the public.
History You Can Touch
Learn more about the area’s history through museums, attractions and events that showcase our Appalachian heritage. The historic Reece Farm explores the life of “Farmer Poet” Byron Herbert Reece through early 1900s buildings and exhibits that capture rural life in Appalachia. You can walk the Poetry Trail, visit Reece’s writing studio, picnic along Wolf Creek or stop by the petting farm. A hiking trail connects the farm to Vogel State Park, which shares its own history in the CCC Museum. The exhibits celebrate FDR’s New Deal proj- ect that put young men to work during The Great Depression.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic Union County Courthouse lies in the center
of Blairsville’s Town Square and is home to an extensive museum, research and genealogy room, miniature collection and more. The courthouse comes alive on Friday evenings from May through October with performers who play and sing in the Appalachian style.
The Mountain Life Museum hosts the annual Mountain Heritage Festival, and is also home to the 1906 Mock House and Civil War-era Payne Cabin.
In April, the two-day Georgia Moun­ tain Storytelling Festival provides visi- tors a chance to learn about Appalachian tradition and history through storytell- ing, workshops, a quilt display and other programming.
And each fall, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival celebrates mountain life with reenactments, food, and arts & crafts booths. It’s only one of the many festivals, concerts and events held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on the shores of Lake Chatuge.

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