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Summer Tours

Open for tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. Or we are happy to make an appointment!

Come and learn about Chief William McIntosh and the signing of the Indian Springs Treaty of 1825.  See the Federal style architecture and sit on the rocking chairs on the majestic porches.  Wander through the rooms of the hotel and see the hand-planed wide boards, wooden pegs, handmade bricks, etched windows, and the native stone used in the foundation.  Look at the displays of some old tools used in yesteryear, rope beds, spinning wheels and much more.

Admission is $3.00 for an adult.  Children accompanied with an adult are free.

Special Tours or Rentals:  Please contact us to schedule group tours and rentals for the hotel and church at 770-775-3313 or at buttscountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.  

 


 

          

 Walk through the beautiful Elizabeth Harris Garden right next to the hotel!

This beautiful formal garden at the Indian Spring Hotel/Museum was dedicated to the former First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Elizabeth Harris.  The garden is filled with historic flowers, some vegetables, and an exquisite rose garden.  It is maintained by both the Historical Society and a very special group of garden enthusiasts.  We hope that you will come and see the spectacular blooms and the many species of butterflies that abound in the garden.

 


 

  Events Scheduled:

  Seven Islands Artifacts ID Day - October 11, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to host the fifth annual Seven Islands Artifacts ID Day at the Indian Springs Hotel/Museum from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This event has become the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society's largest Artifact ID Day in Georgia, with over 200 people bringing artifacts to be identified last year, some dating back to the Paleo Indian period which was 12,000 to 15,000 years ago.

The public is invited to bring their artifacts to be identified and dated by members of the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society.  Archaeologist, Stephen Hammack and several other members of the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be on hand to identify Indian artifacts from all periods and historic artifacts from the earliest days of settlement.  Of special note, Georgia Paleoindian Recordation Project Coordinator Jerald Ledbetter and John Whatley, author of "An Overview of Georgia Projectile Points and Selected Cutting Tools," will be here to identify and record Clovis, Dalton, and other early projectile points.  There will be several collections on display and flintknapping demonstrations by Dave Swetmon.

For event information contact W.J. Shannon, 770-361-7185 or e-mail wjshannon123@bellsouth.net.

 

Civil War Day             October 11, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come watch reinactments during the 150th anniversary of this sad war that cost so many of our home land lives.  Tour the Hotel which was converted to a Union solder hospital and imagine the 12,000 calvary staged around the Indian Spring.

 

Spring Opening of the shops in the Village at Indian Springs on April 4, 2015.  For more information, see www.thevillageindiansprings.com.

►  The Historical Society also participates in the Bluebirds and Bluegrass Festival at Dauset Trails (always the Saturday of the Easter weekend)  April 2015.

 

Christmas Tour of Homes and Children's Singing of Holiday Songs!

Dec 6 , 2014   Performance at Amphitheater 2-4  Tour of Historic homes 4-8

Lighting of the lights 5:30pm in The Village at Indian Springs!

Bring the family and enjoy the holiday spirit!!

Native American Festival -  2015 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Date to be determined soon!  :)

          

Make plans to attend the 26th annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and PowWow to be held at the Indian Spring Hotel/Museum.  Bring your family to listen to the old stories, see the colorful Native American regalia, and enjoy the traditional music.  Hear the singing by noted artists and the beating of the ceremonial drums.  Don't miss the Grand Entry on both Saturday and Sunday.

Special Past Guests

 

Aztec Dancers

Javier Alfaro and Family

And Dale Arrowwood and his

Winged Ambassadors

Please visit the many Native American vendors featuring arts, crafts, and demonstrations.  The beautiful Indian Spring Hotel/Museum, built by Chief William McIntosh in 1823, will be open for tours and then take a stroll through the lovey Elizabeth Harris garden.  Perhaps you may even see some butterflies!!!

The hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  There is a donation of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth children under 6 are free.  Free parking is across the street.  For additional information, please contact our Event Coordinator Trina Mansfield, at 770-775-3313, or e-mail t_r_m@etcmail.com.

     Download PDF Festival Flyer            Download PDF Booth Rental

►  Seven Islands Artifacts ID Day - October, 2015 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

      

We are thrilled to host the fifth annual Seven Islands Artifacts ID Day at the Indian Springs Hotel/Museum from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This event has become the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society's largest Artifact ID Day in Georgia, with over 200 people bringing artifacts to be identified last year, some dating back to the Paleo Indian period which was 12,000 to 15,000 years ago.

The public is invited to bring their artifacts to be identified and dated by members of the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society.  Archaeologist, Stephen Hammack and several other members of the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be on hand to identify Indian artifacts from all periods and historic artifacts from the earliest days of settlement.  Of special note, Georgia Paleoindian Recordation Project Coordinator Jerald Ledbetter and John Whatley, author of "An Overview of Georgia Projectile Points and Selected Cutting Tools," will be here to identify and record Clovis, Dalton, and other early projectile points.  There will be several collections on display and flintknapping demonstrations by Dave Swetmon.

For event information contact W.J. Shannon, 770-361-7185 or e-mail wjshannon123@bellsouth.net.

     Download Artifact ID Day Flyer

►  Jackson Alive - The Family Festival - October 3, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You are invited to attend Jackson Alive - The Family Festival on October 3, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The entire town will be covered with activities and events for the whole family.  There will be entertainment of all kinds, sidewalk sales, etc.   For information see www.chamberbuttscounty.com