Spring at the Farm


The Bryon Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center will open for our third season on Thursday, April 3. We have reduced admission fees to $3 for everyone and admission on Thursdays is free. Use this opportunity to tour the exhibits, spend a few minutes by Wolf Creek, and enjoy our Gift Shop.

If you’re thinking of holding an event at the Farm, please inquire right away. The calendar is filling fast with weddings, family reunions and other events. You can email us at reecesociety@gmail.com or call 706-745-2034 or 706-379-5196.

We look forward to seeing you at the Farm! 


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Bettie Sellers Poetry Contest, 2014


Judging the 2014 Bettie Sellers Poetry contest is Chelsea Rathburn. Rathburn is author of two full-length poetry collections, A Raft of Grief, published by Autumn House Press in 2013, and The Shifting Line, winner of the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award, as well as a poetry chapbook, Unused Lines (Aralia Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, and New England Review, and her prose has appeared in Creative Nonfiction. In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A native of Miami, Florida, Chelsea now lives in Young Harris, Georgia, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter, Adelyn. She is a professor of creative writing at Young Harris College.

The Byron Herbert Reece Society (BHRS) has established the first-ever Bettie Sellers Poetry Contest to recognize the Georgia Poet Laureate (1997-2000) and longtime faculty member of Young Harris College.  Bettie Sellers, the author of Wild Ginger, Liza’s Monday and Other Poems, Spring Onions and Cornbread, Morning of the Red Tailed Hawk, and The Bitter Berry: The Life of Byron Herbert Reece, taught at YHC for 32 years, was an expert on Byron Herbert Reece, and a charter member of the Byron Herbert Reece Society.

The winner of the contest will receive $300, and the winning poem will be published on the Byron Herbert Reece Society website, http://www.byronherbertreecesociety.org/.

Contest Rules
1) Submitted entries must be unpublished. Simultaneous entries are accepted, but please email us at reecesociety@gmail.com immediately if your poem is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts should be typed in a “plain” 12 point font (i.e. Times, Arial).  Photocopies are accepted.  Entries will not be returned, so do not send your only copy.

2) Entry fee is $5 for three poems. No identifying information should be on the poems. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

3) Each submission should be accompanied by an entry form. Poems without the entry form or fees will be disqualified.  A PDF file of the form is here. Poetry Contest Form

4) Contest winner will be announced and recognized at the annual meeting of the Byron Herbert Reece Society, May 31, 2014. Cash prize is $300 and the winning poet is invited to read at the meeting.

5) Contest results will be announced on the Society’s website after May 31, 2014.  Email notification will be sent to contest entrants if a working email address is included on the entry form.  Contest results will only be announced online and by email. Please check our website for results: http://www.byronherbertreecesociety.org/.

6) Deadline for postmark is Friday, May 2, 2014. Any entry that is not postmarked on or before that date will not be opened.  Failure to follow any of the above guidelines could result in disqualification.  Do not send the only copy of your work as all entries will be recycled.

7) Board members of the Byron Herbert Reece Society are ineligible to enter, but members of the Society are invited to participate.

Byron Herbert Reece Society
2014 Poetry Contest
Entry Form



City, State, Zip: ___________________________________________


Telephone: _______________________________________

Names of poems submitted (do not place identifying information on actual poems):




Mail this form, a check or money order for $5 (for each set of 3 poems) to the Byron Herbert Reece Society: Byron Herbert Reece Society
P. O. Box 811
Young Harris GA 30582

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Have you been to the Farm?

If we may be permitted a bit of a brag….and thank you Ms. Upchurch for the kind words!

Dear John Kay and staff ,

 What an incredible day a group of 60 friends from Coosa UMC and Shady Grove UMC had at the BHR Center on September 10, 2013. All who attended were very impressed with the facilities and how the trail was set up with such detailed placards.
The gift shop was well stocked with beautiful Appalachian crafts and reading material. The video was expertly done. I was particularly fascinated with the presentations along the trail. Being a former school teacher, I saw endless opportunities  for wonderful field trips on all grade levels. At this one place children could learn in detail about  life in the mountains of North Georgia and information on what it took to be an author.
You, your staff and volunteers helped to create a wonderful day for our group. Many thnaks for all the special attention. We will speak highly of your facility and encourage others to come visit.
Sue Upchurch
Coosa UMC

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July 2013

July 2013

Beautiful. Even in the rain.


July 14, 2013 · 8:45 pm

Reece Farm and Heritage Center Added to the Southern Literary Trail

The inclusion of the Reece Farm and Heritage Center in The Southern Literary Trail was celebrated on Friday, September 14 with members of the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and members of the press present. Dr. John Kay, chair of the Byron Herbert Reece Society made remarks about the high honor, and then Mr. William Gantt of Birmingham, Director of the Southern Literary Trail was present and formally welcomed the Center into Literary Trail membership.

In his remarks Mr. Gantt said “When it comes to Byron Herbert Reece, both as a poet and an artist, he is unique among the writers of the Southern Literary Trail in a very significant way. We celebrate others…William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Erskin Caldwell and Borden Deal…who were born on farms and even lived on them for a part of their lives. But only Byron Herbert Reece dedicated his life to working the land that he wrote so passionately and poetically about… I have no doubt that the Southern writers whom we honor in our Literary Trail welcome him to their table.”

Click on the Southern Literary Trail logo to learn more about this prestigious organization.

The Reece Farm and Heritage Center is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 1 pm until 5 pm. The site features a gift shop and museum at no charge, and a minimal admission fee for farming exhibits and access to the beautiful grounds along Wolf Creek.

An attentive audience

Dr. John Kay, Mr. Bill Starr of the Georgia Center for the Book, and Mr. William Gantt

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Get Up and Go: Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

Get Up and Go: Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5.

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The Pavilion is now available for your summer event!

Click The Pavilion above, or go here to find information about the beautiful pavilion by Wolf Creek!

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