The Georgia History Festival‘s annual Super Museum Sunday will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2021, and offers free admission to participating sites throughout Georgia.
Georgians and visitors alike can experience the state’s rich history and cultural life as some of the best historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest throughout Georgia open their doors to the public. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience the history first-hand at no cost!
Free and open to the public. Free admission is available from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (unless alternate hours are noted).
Participating Sites in North Georgia (2021)
There are many great sites across the entire state that are participating in this great free event. Check the Georgia History Festival website for complete listings that cover the entire state, or enjoy these sites located in the North Georgia mountains:
Nacoochee Indian Mound at Hardman Farm Historic Site
Hardman Farm Historic Site boasts over a thousand years of history on 170 acres. This historic site includes 19 buildings and is the home of the second most recognized feature in Georgia, the Nacoochee Indian Mound.
Visit the Foxfire Museum and explore 10 relocated authentic pioneer log cabins and additional structures built from historic period materials in the traditional methods of construction. The property includes over 100 acres filled with artifacts, tools, and folk art that provides a glimpse into the lives of the people of Appalachian wilderness more than 180 years ago.
Historic Huff House in Dalton, Georgia [photo WMHS]
The Huff House is a gothic revival/folk vernacular home that was built facing the railroad around 1855. In 1890, Mrs. Lida E. Huff bought the house and shortly after, had the home turned around so that it would face Selvidge Street along with the newer homes. To turn the house, it was placed on a log turnstile powered by mules. This process took two weeks while the family still lived in the home.
Historic Wright Hotel in Chatsworth, Georgia [photo WMHS]
The historic Wright Hotel was built in 1909 and functioned as a hotel and home for the Wright family for generations. The hotel currently houses a large collection of antiques and archives which tell the story of Murray county.
Visiting a museum is a great experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Make sure that you (and your kids) are conscious of respecting the property and any cultural customs, as well as any rules regarding cameras and/or flash photography. These additional tips can help you get the most out of your museum visit.
Read the printed literature
Get a good introduction to each site by reading the literature that is included with your admission and by reading any monuments posted on site. These should have the most noteworthy points about the historic significance of each site.
Ask questions of the staff and/or tour guides
If you are fortunate enough to take a guided tour, be sure to listen closely to the history and anecdotes shared by your guide(s). This is also a great opportunity to learn little-known facts by asking questions of your guides as you walk through the site. The expertise of these guides can add depth and dimension that can’t be found anywhere else. Staffers and volunteers are often eager to teach and they genuinely love to answer your questions!
Dress for the experience
Some museums include paved parking and polished floors that can work with city attire, but many historical sites will require exploration through unpaved, rugged, outdoor routes.
A safe bet is to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can manage a walk on dirt or gravel pathways. Many sites also have an interactive and hands-on approach to learning, so another smart idea is to use a hands-free bag to carry your belongings around the site. Consider taking/wearing these types of items:
Exit through the gift shop
While many tours will conveniently finish at the gift shop, it is actually a great place to learn more about the site history and to support the local economy. Expect to find unique gems like books by local authors and experts, local arts and crafts, and lots of fun souvenirs to help you remember your visit.
Know the pet policy at each site
If you are traveling with your pet(s), be sure to find out in advance where your furry friend will be welcomed. For Georgia state parks, leashed pets are allowed on historic site trails, however, they are not allowed inside buildings.
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