Current Happenings at Prater's Mill Historic Site. These events are open to the public.
Prater's Mill Country Fair is Always on the second Full weekend of October. Select 'ATTENDING THE FAIR' from the 'FAIR VISITORS' section under the 'FAIR' menu.
To reserve the grounds for your own event, either public or private, visit 'GROUNDS BOOKING' under the 'PARK' menu.
Prater's Mill Country Fair
The Fair, begun by volunteers in 1971 to raise funds to restore the dilapidated 1855 grist mill and surrounding buildings, has grown into a legendary celebration of Appalachian traditions featuring live music, the best Southern cooking this side of Heaven and handmade original crafts by over 165 talented artists and craftsmen.
Prater’s Mill Historic Site is owned by the people of Whitfield County but operated and maintained by the Prater’s Mill Foundation. As a non-profit volunteer group, the foundation relies heavily on the revenue from the annual Country Fair. This is our primary fundraising event. All donations and proceeds from the fair go back into site maintenance and day to day operations.
In addition to self-guided tours of the mill, visitors may also experience the inside of an old country store while visiting Prater's Store or investigating the buildings added to the site over the years - Shugart Cotton Gin, Dr. Lacewell's Office & Westbrook Barn.
The fair boasts several activities such as “Little Texas” kid's train ride and Petting Zoo adored by children and adults alike. The whole family can experience a short hike down the Prater’s Mill Greenway which connects to the Norma Gordon Nature Trail; pony rides and face painting are always at the top of kids’ to-do list.
Hours of Operation
October: 2nd Weekend
Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Prater's Mill Friends
Prater’s Mill Historic Site is owned by the people of Whitfield County but operated and maintained by the Prater’s Mill Foundation. As a non-profit volunteer group, the foundation relies heavily on the revenue from the annual Country Fair, donations and revenue from reservations of the grounds. The Country Fair is our primary fundraising event. All donations and proceeds from the fair go back into site maintenance and day to day operations. The mission of the foundation is to protect, preserve and present the heritage of the Prater’s Mill Historic Site for future generations. For more information on the foundation, select links under the "ABOUT"menu or call 706-694-MILL. 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 not only money, but your time and expertise. We need volunteers to staff our office, help us maintain the grounds and even help produce the country fair fundraising event. This just names a few ways we could use your help!JOIN NOW
Hours of visiting
Dawn to Dusk
- Park open to the Public
on the hour
- By Appointment
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- Office Hours 10-4
- Friday 7 days before Fair - Monday after
9:00am - 6:00pm
- Prater's Mill Country Fair
9:00am - 5:00pm
- Prater's Mill Country Fair