History on Display
Home of acclaimed poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece, the Reece Heritage Farm is a great place to learn about Reece and rural Appalachia life in the early-to-mid-20th century. It’s also a great place to enjoy the beauty of Wolf Creek and the surrounding mountains.
Byron Herbert Reece was born in 1917 and grew up in rural isolation in southern Union County. During his short lifetime, he wrote five volumes of poetry and two fiction novels. He won American Poet magazine’s annual poetry award in 1943, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1950. Five times he received the Georgia Writers Association’s literary achievement award, and he served as poet-in-residence at both Young Harris College and Emory University. However, financial difficulties, depression and illness led Reece to take his own life on June 3, 1958.
Today, Reece’s farm consists of a Visitor’s Center, Poetry Trail Garden, Reece’s writing studio, a main barn that houses farm exhibits and the Reece Gallery, a corn crib, a chicken house, a smokehouse and a spring house. State-of-the-art exhibits tell the story of the small farmer in Appalachia, including the tools and methods used to grow food. Also on-site are a pavilion available to rent for weddings and other events, picnic tables, beautiful Wolf Creek and a new hiking trail linking the farm to nearby Vogel State Park.
The Reece Heritage Farm is located on US 129 in Union County, Georgia. It’s south of Blairsville and one mile north of Vogel State Park. Learn more and take a self-guided tour via an app available on iTunes or Google Play.
Reece Heritage Farm
April-November: Wednesdays-Saturdays: 10am-4pm
Admission is free
8552 Gainesville Highway
Blairsville, GA 30512
For more information about the life and work of Byron Herbert Reece, please visit the Reece Society webpage. The Society welcomes new members interested in the life and legacy of Reece, and those interested in the rural lifestyle in Southern Appalachia.