Writing and poetry live long after people have gone. The Byron Herbert Reese Farm is a beautiful Memorial to the poetry & writing of Byron Herbert Reese. Reece was born in Union County near Blood Mountain on September 14, 1917, and lived only to the young age of 40. He was a literary genius and a humble farmer who loved the mountains and valleys of Northeast Georgia.
His old homeplace lies about a mile north of Vogel State Park and has been lovingly preserved. It was in 2004 that the family farm was purchased by Union County and leased to the Byron Herbert Reese Society, who over the years created the museum and interpretive center, now open to the public.
The walking trail that meanders around the old family farm has beautiful carved rock inscriptions of Reece’s poetry.
I Know A Valley Green with Corn – Byron Herbert Reece
Not able to linger and read and fully experience the depth of his poetry I was inspired to purchase the book Mountain Singer by Raymond A. Cook – Poetry and Biography of a Hill Country Genius.
As well as the beautifully engraved stones of Reece’s poetry there is a living history showing examples of the farming life in Northeast Georgia during the early 1900s. Adults and children alike will enjoy the farm displays and live farm animals. The farm includes a chicken house, spring house, smokehouse, corn crib and restored barns. While visiting we were able to see sheep, hens, and donkeys.
Before leaving this beautiful place take a moment to visit the gift shop and picnic area. For events there is a creek side amphitheater, events can be viewed on the website. http://www.unioncountyga.gov/reecefarm/