Discover Attractions in the North Georgia Mountains
Discover a hidden and wonderful place in Pickens County. Explore history, culture, historic buildings and mountain views. Be delighted by beautiful hardwood forests. Enjoy the pleasure of babbling brooks and waterfalls. Discover glorious mountain foliage. See breath taking mountain views. Visit the parks, wildlife management areas and trails waiting to be discovered. Discover the history of the Native Americans that inhabited the area. Follow the Trail of Tears (forced removal of Cherokee Indians). Observe the life of North Georgia’s early settlers. See their tools. Visit their homes. Learn about the mountain culture of North Georgia. Be surprised by the role of Georgia Marble in your daily life (Hint: you put Georgia Marble in your mouth this morning). Learn the story of the construction of the Lincoln Memorial from Georgia Marble. Be amazed by the engineering exploits to fashion marble columns for the U.S. Capitol. Be surprised how North Georgia Marble shapes your life. Tour the “Only Jail You’ll Want to Visit” - complete with a gallows. Stand in a jail cell. Visit the one room school house. See historic homes and commercial buildings. Eat in the old theater. Stay at a 19th century Inn. Discover shopping, dining and adventure opportunities while you discover history, culture, historic buildings and mountain views.
Situated on an enormous vein of marble is the historic Tate House. Built as a personal home by Colonel Sam Tate, land/baron, philanthropist and business tycoon. Passing the north of the mansion is the “Old Federal Road” where the Cherokee Indians lived until ordered off by the “Treaty of New Echota.” In 1834, this led to the forced removal known as “The Trail of Tears.” As a result, the Tate House is now the fifth site on The Chieftain Trail, dedicated by the governor of Georgia, August 1, 1988.
Just 45 minutes north of Atlanta is the elegant and romantic pink marble mansion, known as the Tate House. The classic southern romantic fantasy is felt throughout the stately plantation like setting. The gardens invite you to stroll through the centuries old oaks and to host your garden wedding amongst the six flowing fountains and picturesque statues surrounding the Atlanta Area Wedding Venue’s property. This North Georgia wedding venue features the 19,000 square foot mansion and 4,000 square foot formal ballroom. It is an excellent example of the “second renaissance revival style,” which is an adaptation of Italian and English classical styles.
The Tate House is listed as the Pink Palace in the National Register of Historic Places, making it the perfect destination for your Georgia historic home wedding. Built as a private estate home by Colonel Sam Tate, land baron, philanthropist and business tycoon in 1926, it is now known and loved as an Atlanta Area Wedding Venue.
In 1834, Samuel Tate purchased the land the Tate House stands on and moved his family from Lumpkin County, Georgia. His son, Stephen Tate, began the mining of marble, which eventually placed Tate, Georgia on the map. It was Stephen Tate’s son, the eldest of his 19 children, known as “Colonel Sam Tate,” who consolidated the marble interests and gained control by 1917. Designed by the International Architectural Firm of Walker and Weeks, Cleveland, Ohio, building began in 1921. Legends were told of a rare, bright pink marble, referred to as “Etowah” marble. In 1920-21, Colonel Sam began watching the rare Etowah Pink Marble that came from the quarry just behind the house.
Setting the matching pieces aside, he began construction of the Pink Marble Mansion. By 1926, Colonel Sam, his brother Luke (family attorney) and sister Florentine resided at the mansion. The second floor has four bedrooms, each featuring its own marbled bathrooms, mantled fireplaces, plus a morning kitchen and an office. The summer kitchen on the first floor has the original triple oak iceboxes and tin sink with butler’s pantry.
Colonel Sam died in 1938 at the age of 78, only 12 years after moving into his house. Neither he, his brother Luke nor his sister Miss Flora ever married. The last of the immediate family left the house in 1955. The house remained unoccupied and neglected until 1974, when Ms. Ann Lard of Arizona discovered it. She purchased the house and began a 10-year restoration project. In January 2001, the estate was purchased by Holbrook Properties, LP. Lois Holbrook and Marsha Mann plan to continue the restoration of the mansion and gardens. Recently named one of the top “must see” places in Georgia by Georgia Magazine and one of “Georgia’s Most Gorgeous Wedding Venues” by The Venue Report, the beautiful pink marble mansion is one of the most photographed homes in Georgia and one of the most popular North Georgia Special Events Venues.
61 Marble Mansion Lane, Tate, GA 30177
At 1500 feet, on five acres of rocky, alluvial soil, Sharp Mountian Vineyards is perfectly situated for doing what it does best: handcrafting fine wines in the old-world fashion.
This unique vineyard, established in 1995, was built on one simple principle: that the finest wines come from the finest fruits. Everything that Sharp Mountain does honors this guiding principle.
What makes Sharp Mountain Vineyards so distinctive is its solitary focus on creating exceptional wines and providing a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for its guests.
Sharp Mountain Vineyards proudly grows 12 varieties of European Vinifera grapes and offers 15 different wines for tasting and purchase.
We carefully tend the plants, handpick the grapes at harvest, and personally attending to every detail of the wine making proess to promote quality over quantity.
The same attention to detail extends to the friendly and festive tasting room and gift shop where connoisseurs and novices alike are never disappointed. The Tasting Room & Gift Shop are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call for private tastings and events.
Sharp Mountain Vineyards welcomes guests to bring their own picnic fare and relax at the pavilion overlooking the vineyard and Sharp Mountain in beautiful North Georgia. It's an awe-inspiring view and the perfect setting in which to eat, drink, and be merry.
WE GROW, PRODUCE, AND BOTTLE ALL OF OUR OWN WINE!
The result it more than fine wine,.
ITS AN EXPERIENCE.
And your experience is our motivation. Sharp Mountain Vineyards in Jasper
Sharp Mountain, overlooking Jasper, GA, seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet on a clear day you can look down on Atlanta as well as Stone Mountain from its heights. In fact, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, North Georgia Mountain Farm Winery, is just a 45 minute drive to Atlanta, making it the perfect venue for a day's outing. Pack a picnic, enjoy a mountain drive and join us for a tour and tasting. Savor your picnic, listen to live music at the Pavilion while drinking in the beautiful view - rows and rows of espaliered vines against a backdrop of blue-green rolling hills and a commanding view of Sharp Mountain herself.
Ron established Sharp Mountain Vineyards with a single focus: to produce the best quality wines possible. With vines that are all European Vinifera, SMV produces approximately 11 tons annually with winery capacity of 800 cases per year. This lower capacity enables Ron to give his wines the kind of attention that makes each wine special. All of the wines are low in sulfites with balanced tannins.
We proudly produce 12 varieties of the region's finest wines.
Award Winning Wines
Beautiful Mountain Views
110 Rathgeb Trail Jasper, GA 30143
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge
Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes.
EXPERIENCE GEORGIA ADVENTURE
An Adventure Lodge is more than just a place to stay; it's a place to play. At Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge and Unicoi State Park and Lodge, we have developed the perfect recipe for a great escape. With wonderful accommodations surrounded by nature's playground, we couldn't help but create great experiences that only enhance your getaway. From paddle board courses and s'mores with stories around the campfire to fly fishing classes and guided hikes, we have something that everyone will enjoy. Take a hike with our expert wilderness guides, spend the night under the stars primitive camping, or enjoy a trip through the trees on our exciting, pulse-pumping adventure course. Then, take it easy at one of our great restaurants and lounges or spend the day exploring the sites around North Georgia.
Definitely the Best Waterfall Hikes in North Georgia.
Lodge, Camping, Cottages
418 Amicalola Falls Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Gibbs Gardens Botanical Gardens
Gibbs Gardens is a natural wonderland created by Jim Gibbs, a native of Georgia and well known landscape designer. His love of nature is revealed in every detail. The gardens have been his life’s passion. Each stone, flower, tree and bench has been planned by Jim.
Each season brings beauty that is unsurpassed in any gardens you will ever see. From Daffodils in early spring to change in colors in the fall. The gardens seem to explode with color.
THE HISTORY OF GIBBS GARDENS
Jim Gibbs traveled for 15 years covering the nation and the world viewing gardens of every style and decided that he wanted to design and build a world class garden. He spent six years looking for a suitable site with a strong source of water and beautiful mature trees covering a rolling topography. It was truly “a dream come true” when he found the most beautiful site in the nation to construct the garden. The property is 292 acres and the house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens.
There is a beautiful stream flowing through the middle of the valley, with hundreds of springs intersecting the stream. The springs are surrounded by millions of naturalized ferns making it one of the largest ferneries in the nation. Native azaleas, dogwoods, and mountain laurels provide additional seasonal interest.
He has designed 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings and 19 waterfalls. The numerous garden rooms are planted with hundreds of varieties of plants and are carved into pockets surrounded by acres of deciduous trees that provide spectacular Fall color.
The house is a mix of European architecture. The north view is reminiscent of an English manor house with Palladian windows and doors. An archway connects the summer house which overlooks the gardens and in the near distance, the north Georgia mountains.
Architectural accents were purchased in Europe prior to building and used throughout the house, including a twelve foot 14th century French limestone fireplace, 17th century French interior doors and 18th century French beveled and leaded glass doors and windows. Antique heart pine and herringbone brick floors blend nicely with the iron staircase railing and European antique furnishings.
The grounds around the Manor House were started in 1980 and planted with 20 to 30 year old plants and trees to provide instant age and character. Large Japanese maples, American hollies and willow oaks were planted closer to the house with vines accenting the corners. The home site is one of the highest crests in northeast Cherokee County, Georgia, capturing a beautiful view of the north Georgia mountains. The house was placed 150 feet above the water gardens and 30 feet below the crest capturing the air currents to flow through the summer house.
The gardens are composed of 16 gardens including 3 feature gardens – Manor House Gardens, Japanese and Waterlily Gardens.
Gardens - Seasons of Color
1987 Gibbs Dr. Ball Ground, GA 30107
Old Pickens County Jail & Kirby–Quinton Cabin
Historic Buildings in Georgia
Pickens County, Georgia was chartered in December, 1853, created from Gilmer and Cherokee Counties. Jasper was chosen the county seat. The Old Pickens County Jail was built in 1906 to replace the 2nd jail of the county which had been built in 1866-1867. As with the first two jails, the sheriff’s living quarters were on ground floor and the cell blocks on the 2nd floor. The marble and brick exterior was completed by local artisans at a cost of $28,631. The marble came from Southern Mill in Marble Hill, GA. It remained an active jail until the county’s 4th jail was completed in 1982. The 5th Pickens County Jail opened in January 2006. Marble Valley Historical Society, Inc. took possession of the Old Pickens County Jail in 1982, raising all funds to restore and preserve the structure for public tours.
Credit for preserving the Quinton cabin belongs to Ed Jenkins, former 9th District Congressman. When the log structure was discovered among the ruin s of a burned home on Dunbean Hill, Jenkins gave the remains to the late Tom Quinton, teacher at Jasper Elementary School. After Tom’s death, the School System transferred the cabin to Marble Valley Historical Society. The Kirby Quinton Cabin has been used to teach students about their mountain heritage and life on the north Georgia frontier.
Old Pickens Jail & Kirby-Quinton Cabin
The Marble Valley Historical Society maintains two of the county's historical gems. The 100+ years old jail was used for a remarkable 76 years. It didn't house many dangerous criminals but cellblocks were crowded when court was in session. The Kirby-Quinton cabin gives a glimpse of a Pioneer-like life in Pickens. We believe it was originally owned by a Cherokee who was "relocated" to Oklahoma in 1838. Both places are opened for tours in the spring and summer.
The Old Pickens County Jail (1906-1982) at 141 North Main in Jasper is Pickens County's third jail. In 1906 the jail was considered escape proof with metal ceilings with concrete poured on top. Pauley Jail Building Co. of St. Louis furnished and installed the steel jail equipment. Local artisans completed the marble and brick exterior at a cost of $28,631. The marble came from the Southern Mill in Marble Hill, GA.
The Marble Valley Historical Society took possession of the building in 1982, and spent approximately $150,000 renovating the two-story building. The sheriff's family lived on the first floor with cellblocks for men and women on the second floor. Today, the jail is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (2pm-4pm) through September. The jail is also open on major holidays and both days of the Georgia Marble Festival the first weekend in October.
The first floor room on the right was the children's bedroom. It now houses displays of early Pickens County, the marble industry, and maps. The first floor room on the left was the sheriff's "family room". It contains a tribute to the Cherokee, Mississippian, and Woodland Native Americans of North Georgia. The first floor back room on the left was originally a bedroom. It later became the sheriff's office and booking room. In the first floor room to the right, the sheriff's wife prepared meals in the kitchen for the family as well as the prisoners. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the sheriff's wife maintained a garden behind the jail. Upstairs are two cellblocks—one for males and one for females. A portion of the second floor is dedicated to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms agents. Pickens County sheriffs and deputies helped ATF agents find and destroy illegal moonshine stills in the area. Also on the second floor is a working gallows that was installed when the jail was built in 1906. It's never been used. The building is owned by Pickens County and maintained by the Marble Valley Historical Society.
Old County Jail
See the Gallows
Stand in a Cell
Tour Settlers Home
141 North Main Street, Jasper, GA 30143
Fainting Goat Vineyards
It's true, goats really faint! Fainting Goat Vineyards and Winery is a family owned boutique vineyard and winery created by a passion for fine wine and love for the earth. Defined by distinction, devoted to quality, Fainting Goat's elite wines are superior.
People always ask us how we came up with the name. After a long, hard day of vine work, we climbed to the top of the mountain and felt like fainting. From there our nickname was born.
Do we have goats? We certainly do! Ronnie and Reagan are our two fainting goats and they welcome visitors to pet and play with them. We also have award winning wines, a view that only God could create, and a deep love for our business. We welcome you to visit us and would be honored to have you as our guest!
Our boutique vineyard is nestled up against the southeast side of Burnt Mountain in picturesque Pickens County, Georgia. Fainting Goat is a family owned Vineyard and Winery created by a passion for great wine and a love for the earth. We offer live music every weekend day and have Friday Night Concert Series during the season. Our live music is always a free event and we welcome you to bring a picnic and enjoy your wine outside on the Terrace. We are dog and kid friendly, so bring the whole family and enjoy a wonderful day at Fainting Goat Vineyards.
Fainting Goat’s exquisite vineyard offers handcrafted wines grown from the finest certified French vines. Our wine list boasts a range of full bodied reds, crisp, fruity whites and sweet blends.
Take a glass of wine and enjoy the scenic mountain-view from our 50 foot Veranda. Or stay inside and enjoy the spacious 30 foot ceilings permeated with live music. Floor to ceiling windows allow all guests to appreciate the panoramic views regardless if seated in the Loft or tasting at the bar. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces make tasting at Fainting Goat perfect regardless of season.
Join us in the tasting room to sample our wines and talk to our knowledgeable staff and wine maker. Come for the wine, stay for the view. We look forward to enjoying a glass with you soon!
201 Vineyard Way, Jasper, Georgia 30143