Just out of sight of the rolling hills and beyond the rivers that define the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys, the descendants of slaves still live in the nearby Bean Creek settlement. The discovery of a dilapidated slave dwelling sparked a vision and galvanized a unique collaboration. The impetus for establishing an African American Heritage Site with a slave dwelling as its central artifact came from a shared sense of urgency about preserving this vanishing history by the descendants of slaves and slave owners.
Framed by 19th century landscaping and antebellum artifacts, the restored Nacoochee slave cabin (circa 1850) now provides a focal point for the story of a people whose labor contributed in countless ways to life in Northeast Georgia. Living history demonstrations celebrate the common customs, crafts, and cultural traditions of early Native, African and European Americans who lived in the Appalachian mountain foothills of rural nineteenth century Georgia.
Caroline Crittenden, project coordinator for the African American
Heritage Site, will present a program on Nacoochee slave cabin and the Bean
Creek Community. For tours, a calendar of events, or more information about the
Heritage Site, visit http://snca.org/heritagesite.html.
Thursday, July 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at the Community House on North Park Street.