The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center is a fascinating cultural treasure-house on North Georgia's Route 129, north of Vogel State Park, is a hidden treasure that honors the life of author Byron Herbert Reece.
Here's Reece's bio from the center's website:
Byron Herbert Reece lived and wrote in the Choestoe valley of North Georgia. He lived the life of a small farmer, on land his family farmed for generations. He was lucky enough to attend high school and college, and went on to be a published and respected poet and novelist. His most prolific years were between 1938 and 1955, and saw the publication of four books of poetry and two novels. Financial success as an author and good health eluded Reece and he died at the age of 40 in 1958.
Reece's legacy lives on as a respected Georgia author.
The Byron Herbert Reece Society formed in 2003 to increase awareness of his work through programs, publicity and development of the Reece Farm into a destination to learn about the poet and mid-twentieth century farm life.
In the case of the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center, the journey through scenic North Georgia will be as pleasant as the destination.
Recent improvements to the venue include new picnic tables for the pavilion, additional landscaping, along with enhancement of both agricultural and literary exhibits in the barns on the property.
The Gift and Craft Shop sells books by and about Reece and others on subjects pertinent to Appalachia, along with homemade and handcrafted:
The Reece Farm and Heritage Center is another gem in North Georgia's crown. We wish them well.
Hours: Thursdays -- Saturdays, April -- November; 10:00 to 5:00. Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00. Other weekday visits by appointment only.
Contacts: John and Patti Kay (706-379-3219)
Address: 8552 Gainesville Highway, Blairsville, GA 30512
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