Published on 10/08/13

Visit pioneer site at Rock Eagle 4-H Center

When most Georgians think about Rock Eagle, images of 4-H’ers enjoying summer camp come to mind. But long before Rock Eagle 4-H Center was established, the property was home to an extended pioneer family, a bustling country inn and a large working farm. Visitors can visit the pioneer site during the next session of Saturday at the Rock, which is set for Oct. 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the center in Eatonton.

As part of the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program, a turn of the century homestead was recreated at Rock Eagle. “The authenticity of Rock Eagle’s pioneer site transports visitors back in time. Participating in traditional homestead activities brings awareness to youth and adults alike about the differences of life in the early 1900s,” said Matt Hammons, Rock Eagle program coordinator.

The center’s interpretive staff gives tours of a renovated saddlebag house, a smokehouse, teaching garden, a chicken coup and more. Visitors can even tend the garden, use hand tools and pump water. Participants should wear comfortable shoes as there is a half-mile hike to reach the site.

This Saturday at the Rock session is appropriate for all ages and costs $5 per person. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or email him at

Saturday at the Rock programs take place the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. A complete schedule of sessions can be found at

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