Historical Attractions Near Helen, GA

Historical Attractions Near Helen, GA

Helen, Georgia is a small, Bavarian mountain town in North Georgia. While Helen does have fabulous wineries and shopping, the area is also home to some important historical sites. The city was founded in the late 1800s and was the home of the Nacoochee and Cherokee Native American tribes. Learn a little bit about North Georgia’s history with a trip to Helen and a visit to these historical attractions.

Hardman Farm State Historic Site

The Hardman Farm State Historic Site is home to an 1870s mansion and a Native American burial mound. The property is part of the Smithgall Woods State Park in Sautee Nacoochee, GA. If you’re interested in Native American history, this is an important historical site to visit. You can tour the beautiful mansion and view the bedroom of Anna Ruby Nichols. You can also visit the barn that was once the center of the Nacoochee Dairy and the Native American burial mound with its beautiful gazebo sitting atop the mound. If this is one of the attractions you’re most interested in visiting, you may want to stay at a bed and breakfast near Helen to be close by.

Anna Ruby Falls

Located near Unicoi State Park, Anna Ruby Falls is a beautiful waterfall accessible by an easy¬†half-mile trail. The double waterfall tumbles from a beautifully forested cliff with a viewing point closeby. The falls are a great attraction to visit if you’re traveling with kids or dogs, as it’s an easy hike and dog-friendly. The falls are historic because it’s been a popular attraction in the area since the late 1800s. They were named after Anna Ruby Nichols, the daughter of Civil War Captain J.H. Nichols who owned much of the land in the Nachoochee Valley including the area around the falls.

Nora Mill Granary

The Nora Mill Granary & Country Store opened for business in 1876 and has been a local staple for corn and wheat based products for over 100 years. The mill was started by a local miner named John Martin and was later purchased by Dr. Lamartine Hardman who named the mill after his sister, Nora. The mill grinds fresh grains daily from the original French Burr Stones extracted from the area. You can visit the store and purchase fresh products and see how the mill works.

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia

The Folk Pottery Museum is a beautiful building tucked away in the woods of Sautee Nacoochee. The museum showcases the folk pottery that the South is known for, including works from the Meaders family. The family has been honored by the Smithsonian for their folk pottery pieces. The museum is also the only institution dedicated to folk pottery. At the museum, you can view beautiful handcrafted pieces that date back to the 1800s. Admission is only $5 for adults and $2 for kids.