Current Happenings at Prater's Mill Heritage Park. Events are open to the public.
To reserve the grounds for your own event, either public or private, visit Park > Grounds Booking.

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    Jan, 18

  • First Day Hike

    Come to historic Prater’s Mill on New Year’s Day for a refreshing hike on the Norma Gordon Nature Loop and the

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  • Prater's Mill Country Fair

  • The Fair, begun by volunteers in 1971 to raise funds to restore the mill and surrounding buildings, has grown into a full celebration of Appalachian traditions featuring live music, Southern food and handmade crafts and original art created by over 165 talented artists and artisans. Demonstrations include blacksmithing, quilting, weaving, woodcarving, rug hooking, and hand tufting, the precursor to the famous machine tufted carpet industry of Dalton, Ga.

    In addition to self-guided tours of the mill, visitors may also enjoy shopping in the country store, investigating the Shugart Cotton Gin or Dr. Lacewell's Office, or acquainting themselves with animals at the Westbrook Barn with a Petting Zoo adored by children and adults alike. The whole family can experience  a short hike down the nature trail; and pony rides are always at the top of kids’ to-do list.

    A continuous entertainment schedule offers traditional fare such as clogging and square dancing exhibitions, country bands, and gospel singers. A contingent of Appalacachian-Style wandering musicians - including dulcimer players - roam the grounds entertaining the throngs.

  • Hours of Operation

    • Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm

    • Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Prater's Mill Friends

Historic Prater’s Mill is owned by the people of Whitfield County but operated and maintained by the Friends of Prater’s Mill. As a non-profit volunteer group, we rely on donations and revenue from reservations of the grounds and annual country fair. We invite you to become a member! Donations to the Foundation are used for these projects: Veteran’s History Project with the Library of Congress, Preservation of Historic buildings, Southern Appalachian Folklife Collection and Center, Prater’s Mill Historical Marker Project, and Hands-0n-History for School Age Children. Prater’s Mill is more than just a mill. In return for your efforts you can meet new friends, have fun and sustain the history of your community. You can help by donating your time. We need volunteers to staff our office, help us maintain the grounds and even help produce the show. This just names a few ways we could use your help! Get more information at 706.694.MILL.


Hours of visiting

  • Daily

    Dawn to Dusk

  • Park open to the Public
  • Tours

    on the hour

  • By Appointment
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  • Office Hours
  • Saturday

    9:00am - 6:00pm

  • Prater's Mill Country Fair
  • Sunday

    9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Prater's Mill Country Fair