Many locals are discovering a great place to visit and learn about some special area history. The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center on US 129 a mile north of Vogel State Park has wonderful displays, authentic farm buildings and equipment, and offers self-guided tours via an app available from Itunes or googleplay. And best of all, this year there are NO ADMISSION FEES! (Facility rental fees for groups or weddings still apply.)
The Farm preserves several buildings that local farmer and writer Byron Herbert Reece used during his lifetime. The displays provide detailed information about farm life in the early 20th century, but they also teach about Reece’s three books of poetry and two novels, and the impact they still have today.
There’s a small amphitheater beside Wolf Creek, and a large pavilion, so the Farm has become popular as a site for events like weddings and family reunions. Union County Recreation department is partnering with the Byron Herbert Reece Society to manage the venue. Due to this partnership, the Farm will be open one additional day per week. Professional staff will be present during normal operating hours, and volunteers from the Reece Society will be available most days to assist guests. Both staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable about Reece and can answer most questions about him or about farm life in his era. A gift shop offers Reece-related items and locally-produced crafts.
Official opening day is Wednesday, April 13. are Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and Sundays 1:00-4:00 PM. Closed Monday/Tuesday except by special arrangement for meetings or groups. Call 706-745-2034 for more information. The Reece Center is 9 miles south of Blairsville, 1 mile north of Vogel State Park on US 129, on the same side of the highway as Vogel. Also visit the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center on FaceBook, or visit the Byron Herbert Reece Society at byronherbertreecesociety.wordpress.com.