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Exhibits & Structures

Over Here and Over There: Northeast Georgia and the Great War

Our newest addition to our galleries is a World War I exhibit displaying the equipment, uniforms, personal letters and photos, and other special items of soldiers from Northeast Georgia who served.

The Land of Promise

Our main gallery, Northeast Georgia: Land of Promise, tells the story of the many people who have called our region home. Their story is told in an engaging exhibit of thousands of artifacts spanning hundreds of years and through the use of numerous videos plus an interactive tornado simulator. This exhibit highlights the fascinating and personal stories of those who have come before us.

White Path Cabin

A very special feature at the Northeast Georgia History Center is the 18th century cabin of the Cherokee tribal leader White Path. The cabin was built c. 1780 near the site of present day Ellijay, Georgia by White Path’s parents. The cabin was relocated onto its current site in 1995 under the direction of Counte Cooley, a descendent of White Path, and of James Mathis.

Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith shop was found by Hoyt Herrin. It was encased in an old frame house on the Travis Moore homeplace adjacent to the campus of the former Gainesville College (now the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus). James Mathis, Sr. had the shop moved to our location to serve as a memorial to Hoyt Herrin and to become a part of our mission of preserving and sharing the history of our unique region.

The Frances Mathis and Phil Mathis Folk Art Gallery

We have a fantastic collection of folk art and pottery ranging from traditional examples to those with modern twists on centuries old artforms.

Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Discover and learn about local sports legends that have called Northeast Georgia home.

An American Freedom Garden

The Freedom Garden is a living tribute to all America veterans, although separated by generations, who continue to share a common, undeniable goal — to valiantly protect our country’s freedoms. The centerpiece of the Freedom Garden is a bronze, life-size statue of five children in a Circle of Freedom, depicting the joy of living in a free America. There is an open space between two of the children, which is an invitation for a visiting child to hold hands with the statue children, thus completing the Circle of Freedom.

The Victory Garden

Our Victory Garden represents the gardens that were grown by American families during World War II to help conserve resources and as a symbol of patriotism. The Hall County Master Gardeners maintain the History Center's Victory Garden and donate the food grown to local non-profits.
 



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