Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
VALLEY HERITAGE & MUSEUMS
VALLEY HERITAGE & MUSEUMS

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia

The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia showcases the handcraft skills of one of the South's premier grassroots art forms, and explores the historical importance and changing role of folk pottery in southern life. Northeast Georgia's pottery tradition is nationally known.

The Meaders family of White County was featured in Allen Eaton's 1937 book, and was honored with a special event at the Library of Congress in 1978, when the Smithsonian Institution's documentary film on the Meaders Pottery was released.

In the year 2000, northeast Georgia received a Library of Congress "Local Legacies" designation for its pottery heritage. The tradition also has been featured in magazines, books, videos, exhibits, and festivals such as the Southern Crossroads Marketplace at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Folk Pottery Museum

SNC History Museum

The SNC History Museum has a wealth of maps, informative articles, and photographs that give visitors a glimpse into the varied and colorful history of the Sautee and Nacoochee valleys through the years. Many visitors to the museum have their curiosity satisfied by the exhibit while others are encouraged to dig deeper into the history of our region.

Books and CDs about the local history, historic homes and churches are available for purchase at the Museum.

SNC History Museum

SNC African American Heritage Site

Around 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.

The restoration of this cabin should serve to recognize the contribution of the African Americans who were once enslaved and are today the ancestors of many folks in our community. It should also remind us of the price paid by all for a freedom which must never again be considered conditional.

Heritage Site