On Saturday, June 29, the Reece Farm and Heritage Center was blessed with the arrival of two vibrant 95 year-old ladies, each arriving with a different group and having never known each other before. Hannah Brosche was born on December 11, 1917, and Adele Turner’s birth came one month later (in Hamburg, Germany) on January 11, 1918. These ladies had memories to share and brought joy to all whom they encountered during their tour of the Farm. In the picture, Adele is on the left and Hannah on the right.
The Farm will open on April 3 for the 2014 Season. We’re there Thursday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is free on Thursdays, and only $3 on other days. Join us!
The Reece Farm and Heritage Center is located on US Hwy 129 in Union County, Georgia. We’re approximately 9 miles south of Blairsville, or one mile north of Vogel State Park.
Here’s a map to the Farm as well as other places of importance to Byron Herbert Reece. If you’re using a GPS – the coordinates of the Farm are 34° 46′ 50.948″ N and 83° 54′ 34.953″ W. We’re still working on getting it into GPS tracking systems by name. This is a printable version: Byron Herbert Reece Driving Tour – Google Maps but check back often as we’re revising it.
The development of this passive interpretive and docent led venue has been the most costly and time-consuming project of the Reece Society. Click here for the long term plans. Major accomplishments to date include:
A complete restoration of the main barn, making it ready for agricultural exhibits and the BHR Gallery & Theatre. In addition, the corn crib has been restored, and a smoke house, chicken coop, and spring house have been constructed.
The relocation of the Reece family house and its complete renovation, making of it a Welcome Center for the site. This Center will house a gift shop, rest room facilities, Reece Family Museum, office and meeting space, and storage areas.
The completion of the design phase of all farm exhibits.
The design and paving of the entrance and parking areas, providing adequate spaces for visitors’ vehicles.
A beautiful pedestrian bridge across Wolf Creek, joining the north and south portions of the 9.3 acres of the property.
The construction of a 2,620 square foot pavilion, capable of accommodating approximately 200 for meetings or 150 for meals. Click here to learn more about renting the Pavilion.
The restoration of the Reece writing studio, now located along the Poetry Trail.
The design and paving of the Poetry Trail and the placement of six stone boulders inscribed with Reece poems.
Photos by Fleming Weaver, Byron McCombs and Debra March