The Heritage Site project
Around the year 1850, a slave cabin was constructed in what is now modern day Sautee Nacoochee near Helen, Georgia. It was used to house the slaves of E.P. Williams, a prosperous local farmer. In 2002 it was discovered still standing, located on the property of Jim Johnston, a director of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association (SNCA). Jim and his family generously donated the cabin to the Heritage Site for historical preservation.
The cabin restoration effort followed, and was combined with an existing historical research project directed by Caroline Crittenden, into what is now the SNCA African American Heritage Site. Crittenden assembled a committed and talented team to restore the cabin to its original condition with particular attention to historical authenticity.Contributors and Resources
Today the restored slave cabin rests on the SNCA campus and serves as an educational tool, focusing on the story of slavery in historical Nacoochee Valley. Locally collected antebellum artifacts supplement this teaching exhibit, which candidly and genuinely tells the story of African American life in the area during 1822-1865.