Haralson County offers a hands-on look into the diverse history of the west Georgia area. (AgriTourism) From historical structures to our role in the US apparel industry, to the unique opportunity of walking into a one room school house, to learning about how an old cemetery is revitalizing the wine making industry in this area, we guarantee you will leave here with new knowledge.
1. Budapest Cemetery is located east of Tallapoosa, GA on Budapest Cemetery Road off Hwy 78.
The cemetery, containing about 20 graves, has a large arch gateway entrance and a split rail fence along the roadway. In 1888, three winemaking communities were founded here on some 2000 acres. A local land developer, Ralph L. Spencer, invited some 200 Hungarian wine-making families to settle this region. The wine industry flourished in this climate until 1908 when the passage of the Prohibition Act in Georgia spelled their doom. The residents were forced back to the Pennsylvania mines.
A cookbook was created as a fundraiser to continue projects at the cemetery. “The Southern Roots of Budapest” – a collection of traditional Hungarian and classic Southern recipes is available for sale through the Haralson County Historical Society. 770.646.3369 or 770.630.8946.
Located on Budapest Cemetery Rd, Tallapoosa, GA. 770-630-8946 Visit us on Facebook: Budapest, Georgia
2. Railroads in Bremen Feel free to sit by the fountain in downtown and watch the train travel through the city. This is a great photo opportunity of which many take advantage. The coal trains travel north and south while Amtrak and the freight trains travel east and west.
3. The Little Creek one room school house was built around 1870 in the Little Creek Community of
Haralson County, GA. It was one of 23 one room – one teacher schools in existence in 1871. It is a 20’x36’ structure with a roof line of 20’. It is the only remaining one room school house in Haralson County and one of a few in the state of Georgia. There were 1016 people in one room schools in the county in 1871. Little Creek ceased to be used as a school in 1932. The school house was donated to the Haralson County Historical Society in 2006 and relocated to 155 Van Wert Street, Buchanan, GA 770.646.3369
4. Historic Haralson County Courthouse
A picturesque agglomeration of towers, turrets, arches, differing wall surfaces, windows in a variety of sizes and shapes, and exuberant ornament, the old Haralson County courthouse, which has stood proudly in the center of the square in little Buchanan since 1892, epitomizes the Victorian period. The building is Queen Anne in style. It was designed by Bruce and Morgan, whose partnership produced at least eight Georgia courthouses including several along U.S. 27. The building now houses the local historical society and library. 770.646.3369
5. Veterans Memorial and Medal of Honor Park
Preserving the history and service of Haralson County Veterans while providing community service, awareness
and education for current and future generations of Georgia, while honoring our fallen heroes. A memorial to the fallen on 9/11/2001 was added in a dedication on 9/11/2011. This includes a replica of the Twin Towers along with a mangled piece of iron from the New York Towers. Brochure Veterans Park Driving Tour
In July 2013 an audio program was introduced that will enhance the visitors experience to the park. There are seven monuments with the audio accessible. Anyone with a cell phone can call the number provided at the site, indicate the site location and hear a recording explaining the site.
An Americana Fourth of July Celebration is held here each year to honor our veterans. Located at the intersection of Hwy 100 N. and Robertson Ave. Tallapoosa, GA. For information contact Sammy Robinson 678.416.1401.
6. Helton Howland Park
is a continuation of the Veterans Memorial with its displays of military vehicles.
Enjoy a walk in the park or a picnic under the covered shelter. There is an amphi-theater available for local groups. A fantastic fireworks display is held at the park on the 4th of July.
Located on Hwy 78 East, Tallapoosa, GA 770.574.2345
7. West Georgia Museum has something for all ages. A look back at the late 1800 early 1900 era, including
replicas of old stores, a barber shop and bank, will take you back to an earlier time. For the youngsters, a whole assemblage of dinosaurs greets visitors as they enter the museum. With a 30 ft. Tyrannosaurus Rex towering over several other smaller dinosaurs, it is indeed an awesome site that will inspire the young, inquisitive minds. A horse drawn buggy and a restored 1923 Ford Peddlers wagon will bring out the realism of that long ago period. 185 Mann St, Tallapoosa. For tours and information call 770.574.3125.
8. The Southern Quilt Trail began in Georgia at the Country Store of Seven Springs in Powder Springs with
the Star of Bethlehem pattern. Our mission is to promote and preserve the history of traditional Folk Art quilt patterns that have been handed down for generations, by displaying this unique art form on historical barns and buildings in our communities and the rural countryside. Haralson County is now host to eight quilt patterns throughout the county. Our goal is to attract people to the rural areas of small forgotten towns in the wonderful countryside that we are all privileged to inhabit. Southern Quilt Trail.
9. West Georgia Textile Museum (Stitching the Fabric of Community) at Sewell Mill. Sewell Mill Events
Facility was established in September 2009 to serve as the first multipurpose community and professional center for the residents of Haralson County. The Mill is a catalyst and support system for social gatherings, community functions, and artisan endeavors. Built in 1918, this historical building gives honor and remembrance to our region’s glorious past as “The Clothing Center of The South”. To honor the Textile history of Haralson County, a museum of the Textile Industry in Bremen has been created inside Sewell Mill. Sewell Mill or West GA Textile Trail 126 Hamilton St., Bremen, GA To visit the Textile Museum, Hannah 678.492.4336.
10. Visit Mill Town Music Hall for a look at history from the Harold Shedd Music Awards Collection on display inside. Too many to list. Call 770.537.6455 for a tour today.
Harold Shedd ( a Bremen, GA native) began his career in music hosting Bremen’s local Christian radio station as a young man. He quickly advanced to Nashville and has spent most of his life making sure the spotlight shined on his clients, which included artists he discovered and/or produced such as the band Alabama, Toby Keith, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus and more. Visit Mill Town Music Hall and view one of country music’s most successful industry executives and producers awards received during his lifetime career. Mr. Shedd continues to produce new talent in Nashville, Tennessee.
Harold Shedd center photo