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Prater's Mill, Dalton

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Prater’s Mill was built in the mid-19th century. It is located in Varnell, Georgia. Serving the city of Dalton as a working mill, it is now used as the center piece of country fair that showcases cultural history of Southern Appalachia. The country fair consists of mountain music, Southern foods, and living history exhibits and the handmade crafts and original art of 185 talented artists and artisans. Crafts include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, rug hooking, woodcarving, and hand tufting.At the fair visitor’s take self-guided tours viewing the gristmill, the country store, Shugart Cotton Gin, and Westbrook Barn that has farm animals. Across from the mill, in 1898, the Prater’s store was built. It serves Southern meals that have, pinto beans, turnip greens and dried apple stack cake. Elsewhere throughout the festival are other specialties such as pit-cooked barbecue, apple cider, fried apple pies and churned ice cream. While at the fair, visitors enjoy canoeing on the Coahulla Creek, a walk down the nature trail and pony rides for children. Educational exhibits include a Civil War encampment, working antique engines and “Peacock Alley”, a clothesline display of hand-tufted bedspreads. Ongoing entertainment consists of on stage clogging, country bands, and gospel singers.The Prater’s Mill Country Fair is sponsored by the Prater’s Mill Foundation, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to historic preservation and education. Thirty-nine civic clubs, churches and schools also participate in the community event. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7.00, children 12 and under are free. Visitors are urged to dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. Parking is free.HistoryPrater’s Mill is one of 70,000 properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Included in the list are all historic areas within the National Park System, over 2,200 National Historic Landmarks, and properties across the nation that have been nominated for the honor.
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  • I take my pups here to exercise we use the hiking path around the river and back through the woods and my highlight is the Indian graves so peaceful and not to mention in October they have the craft s...  more »
  • Nice site, a couple of fairs per year... Over priced a bit, crafts for sale at the fairs, music, dancing, something to do  more »
  • I love this place grew up near it.if you just need time to think come walk around here . it's a very peaceful place.  more »
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  • A interesting place to soak up history, fish, a relax by river. There's a small walking trail which is super easy the runs beside the river. Cool waterfall. Every year there is a country craft fair which is fun to check out.
  • Fun, Food, Family Day! trendy local vendors for crafts, and unique gifts. Southern Fried food is delicious! Kids will love the letting zoo and if you are looking for a pet the humane society brings them here for adoption!
  • This is a great historic site in North Georgia. I highly recommend coming to the fall festivals that take place every second weekend of October.
  • Fun , nice craft show. Music etc. Festival Was fun to walk around . Mostly good prices on items..
  • Prater's Mill Old Country Fair has a great smell old Cotton Gin Barn country music clogging fine arts and crafts and good food and friendly people

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