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Prater's Mill, Dalton

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were here for the festival. Loads of vendors, great fesival/fair foods sausages wrapped in bacon on a stick, turkey legs, chicken on a stick, blooming onions, fried icecream, FRIED PICKLES, catfish...  read more »
  • Just got back and another great event!! Lots of vendors and great food!! Weather was perfect today but some of the vendors were having problems with wind guts blowing over their exhibits. 
  • The area around the Mill is just wonderful, fresh and open. There is much to see and do. Most people like to hike, canoe, picnic, bird watch, and rest. The Prater's Mill country is worth the trip. Won...  read more »
  • A beautifully restored meal, they have the county fair there every year , I have been going since I was a child and I love it. It's been a part of people's livelihood and entertainment for over a century.
  • We went to a cool little festival down here. It was a pretty cool experience.
  • That's always love the trails
  • Beautiful place and well cared for
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