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Hyde Farm on Cobb History Tour

East Cobb's rural landmark will be open for free tours this weekend as Cobb's Historic Preservation Month kicks off.

Cobb County is celebrating National and Georgia Historic Preservation Month in May, and East Cobb's Hyde Farm is taking part.

The Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society is spearheading local efforts by having a series of historic sites and museums open to the general public for free or at reduced rates over the first three weekends in May.

On Saturday and Saturday the Hyde Farm property will be open free of charge to the public for tours, and a docent will be available with information for visitors.

The Hyde Farm property consists of 95 acres located off Lower Roswell Road, east of Johnson Ferry Road and near the Chattahoochee River. The land was first settled by the Power family in the 1840s and purchased by the Hyde family in 1920.

The Hyde family farmed the land until the death of J. C. Hyde in 2004. The property, now owned and managed by Cobb County and the National Park Service, consists of the original Power House, numerous farm outbuildings, agricultural terraces and woodlands.

The EAST COBBER magazine last year profiled the farm and detailed recent preservation efforts. The attached video also provides an introduction to the property and its history.

The Hyde Farm tour hours are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Also free this weekend will be the following:

  • Green-Bullard House,
  • Root House Museum and Garden,
  • St. James' Episcopal Church Cemetery, and
  • Brumby Hall and Gardens.

The second weekend, May 11-12, will feature sites in north Cobb County. Sites that will be open free of charge in Acworth and Kennesaw include:

  • Cowen Farmstead,
  • Bethel AME Church,
  • Acworth Rosenwald School,
  • Lake Acworth Beach and Bath House, and
  • 1942 Caboose in Acworth.

Sites open at a reduced admission and 10 percent off in the gift shop include:

  • The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History and
  • the Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

The last weekend, May 18-19, presents sites in South Cobb and West Cobb, including Mableton, Smyrna, Vinings, Powder Springs and Austell.

Sites that will be open free of charge include:

  • Smyrna Memorial Cemetery, 
  • Smyrna Museum,
  • First Baptist Church Rock Chapel,
  • Gautschy House (Honeybee Store),
  • Williams Park Neighborhood Tours,
  • Shoupade Park,
  • Hooper-Turner House,
  • Historic Mable House, 
  • Concord Covered Bridge Historic District: Covered Bridge, Ruff's Mill, the Miller's House and Rock House,
  • Seven Springs Museum,
  • The Southern Quilt Trail,
  • Butner-McTyre General Store,
  • Concord Woolen Mill Ruins, and
  • Coats and Clark Threadmill.

Drive-by sites include:

  • Taylor-Brawner House and Brawner Hall,
  • Aunt Fanny's Cabin,
  • Smith-Smitt House,
  • Clarkdale Mill Village,
  • Solomon and Penelopy Pace House,
  • Old Pavilion,
  • Yarbrough House,
  • Gann House, and
  • Butner-McTyre General Store.

For further information, visit the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Web site at cobblandmarks.com.

The attached PDF also has more details about highlights of the tour.

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