Welcome to Prater's Mill Historic Site and home to the 1855 grist mill! These historic grounds are open to enjoy year 'round with even more to see during the weekend of the Country Fair in October. Get started now and Plan Your Visit!
Prater's Mill Country Fair
October 9 -10, 2021
This year’s fair will celebrate May 8 and 9, 1971 when the first Prater’s Mill Country Fair was staged to Save the Mill, fifty years before.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND SAVE THE DATES.
Some events are open to the public.
To reserve the grounds for private events, select 'GROUNDS BOOKING' under the 'HISTORIC SITE' menu. For a list of all public events, click on the EVENTS page.
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 nonprofit volunteer based 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
Contact: Fair Director
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. ▫️ 🔶 ▫️ 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! ▫️ 🔶 ▫️ The mission of the foundation is to protect, preserve and present the heritage of the Prater’s Mill Historic Site for future generations. ℹ️ For more information on the foundation, select links under the "ABOUT" menu or call ☎️ 706-694-MILL. For more information about the fair email 📧 email@example.com. For more information about everything else email 📧 firstname.lastname@example.orgDonate or Get Your Friends Membership Here
Hours of visiting
October 9 & 10
Sat 9-6, Sun 9-5
- Prater's Mill Country Fair
- canoeing, nature trails, picnicking, fishing and birdwatching.
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- By Appointment only
Dawn to Dusk
- Park Open to the Public