All are welcome to celebrate Juneteenth at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.
Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, the history and traditions of the Appalachian Mountains will be alive at the Heritage Site, which is located on the 8.5 acre SNC campus.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863. (www.juneteenth.com)
The Heritage Site at SNC features two structures that will be brought to life over Juneteenth weekend. A slave cabin original to the Nacoochee Valley and moved to the SNC campus, along with a blacksmith’s shop built onsite in 2014, tell the region’s history in many ways.
Docent Laurence Dorsey will welcome visitors to the cabin, which provides a focal point for the story of the people whose labor contributed in countless ways to life in Northeast Georgia. Blacksmithing demonstrations by Dana Weiss will offer a window into the ways in which functional and decorative tools and implements were created in communities all across the region.
All are invited to stop by to learn about nineteenth and early twentieth century life through demonstration and conversation. The Heritage Site will be staffed from 10 AM until 5 PM Friday and Saturday and from 1 until 5 PM Sunday.
The Cultural Center and the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgi will also be open following the CDC and OSHA Guidelines for Phase 2 Opening as defined by the State of Georgia. The Folk Pottery Museum is free to White County residents and SNC members. The Cultural Center, which includes gallery shops and a local history museum, is free to all.
For more information, visit www.snca.org or call 706-878-3300. SNC is located at 283 Hwy 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571, and is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 1 – 5 PM.
The Sautee Nacoochee Community Association is a 501(c)3, membership-based non-profit organization whose mission is to value and nuture individual creativity, along with the historical, cultural and environmental resources of the Sautee and Nacoochee valleys and surrounding areas.