Hardman Farm State Historic Site will be open for Victorian Christmas on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning December 4th. The annual event features the Mansion at West End decorated in period holiday decor, tours led by docents dressed in period-1870s clothing, live music, and twinkling candle lights.
The historic site has had to change its schedule drastically this year in response to COVID-19 restrictions. In fact, the large community events usually held there have had to be canceled this year. But, Clint Joiner, Assistant Manager of the historic site, explains, “As we were planning this event, canceling was not an option. It’s been a tough year for everyone, not just Hardman Farm. Our goal is to give the community a spirit of optimism. We want to give people a reason to smile, have fun, and celebrate the holidays with us.” Joiner adds, “We’re really looking forward to closing out 2020 on a high note. This will be a great opportunity for folks to come out and just enjoy the season.”
Participants begin their tour with a ride down a section of the Unicoi Pike in a hay-filled wagon. At the mansion, holiday-dressed docents will give a room by room tour of the home and its decorations. The mansion has been decorated with Christmas trees in every room that have been provided by community groups.
All tour participants will be given a token to use to vote for their favorite decorated tree after the tour. The community group that decorated the winning Christmas tree will receive a $50 gift card from the Friends of Hardman Farm.
Because of COVID-19, special requirements are in place. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available in 30-minute intervals. The size of each tour is limited. Following CDC requirements of social distancing and wearing masks is encouraged.
Tickets are available for Friday and Saturday nights for December 4-5, December 11-12, and December 18-19 between 4 pm and 7 pm. Ticket costs are: $12 per adult and $7 per youth (ages 6-17). Children under six are free.
Tickets may be purchased online at eventbrite or by calling 706-878-1077.
Hardman Farm State Historic Site is located at 143 Highway 17 in Sautee, Georgia, at the intersection of Highways 17 and 75, one mile south of Helen. The entrance to the parking area is off Highway 17 and is free. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight to use in returning to their vehicles after the event.