As some of us around these parts know, Sherman didn’t get around to burning everything to the ground!
Atlanta’s oldest surviving farmhouse at Smith Family Farm was built in the 1840s for the family of Robert Hiram Smith. In those days, Robert was a hog farmer with 800 acres to his name. He farmed 200 of those acres, while his pigs and cows roamed the rest—these days, we call that “free range.”
Today, the house and farm buildings are an opportunity for modern families, as well as individuals and school groups, to learn about life and work on a 19th-century Georgia farm. There’s a lot to do—a lot to keep all our visitors busy. Come on in—no boring tours, no hands-off antiques—the farm and its artifacts are touchable history for families and children.
Smith Family Farm includes the 1840s farmhouse and a separate kitchen out back, where the food was cooked. There are other buildings—the dairy, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, corncrib, chicken coop, and barn, as well as the vegetable, herb, field, and slave gardens. And the outhouse.
Robert Smith had a working farm. He had sheep, chickens, mules, and quite a lot of other animals. He had crops in the field and vegetables in the house garden. He had a wife, Elizabeth, and he had six children, though most had married and moved out of the farmhouse by the 1850s. He also had up to 13 enslaved people. There were likely two slave cabins at the original farm.
The daily routine today generally means demonstrations of food ways and household crafts. There is blacksmithing and carpentry, dying and weaving, and other chores. And sometimes, there is music and games.
When you visit, lend a helping hand with the weaving and the cooking, help tend our garden, help care for the animals. Smith Family Farm is hands-on history.
Don’t just hear about history—take part—experience our past!