Funk Heritage Center Mission
The mission of the Funk Heritage Center is to tell the story of the early Appalachian Settlers and Southeastern Indians through educational programming and the collection, care and exhibition of art and artifacts.
When you enter the building, the Childre Family Grand Lobby is a longhouse inspired by Native American architecture. Our wonderful award-winning film about the Southeastern Indians and the Hall of the Ancients depicts 12,000 years of Native American life through artifacts, dioramas, and interactive computer programs. The story of the Trail of Tears is shown in a 4-minute film and maps. Also on display is an extensive collection of contemporary Native American artwork, including paintings, baskets, sculpture and pottery. A unique collection featuring tools from more than 100 crafts is displayed in the Sellars Gallery of Historic Tools.
In our Appalachian Settlement, pioneer log cabins, a blacksmith shop and farm buildings tell the story of Georgia's early residents. Adults and children both enjoy our Nature Trail featuring many species of native plants.