While this blog will cover Smyrna and the surrounding communities, we’ll also highlight activities, events, and destinations that are worth the drive.
One of these treasures is The Art Barn at Morning Glory Farms. Located in Hickory Flat (between Alpharetta and Canton), it only took about an hour to get there from Smyrna, yet it felt like we were in rural North Georgia. The beautiful farm features hayrides, gardens, plenty of farm animals to cuddle, feed and brush, and yes, art.
We visited with a small group of preschoolers who ranged in age from about 2 to 5 years old. Our morning started with a hayride pulled by an antique ’57 ford tractor. It provided a great overview of the farm, the animals, and the gardens, and gave us an opportunity to plot our petting strategy. After the hayride, we had plenty of time to leisurely walk the grounds visiting donkeys, goats, horses, pigs, sheep, bunnies, and more fuzzy little critters. Farmer Sue was on hand to provide information on all the animals and their personal backgrounds. A highlight for the preschool set seemed to be a practical lesson on composting whenever an animal…well, did something compostable.
Just when the kids (and animals, most likely) had enough, we were ushered into the Art Barn – which is just as charming as it sounds. The kids were walked through a pig drawing using watercolors.
Afterwards, a picnic lunch was enjoyed under the shade of beautiful Magnolias. Sandwich crust, watermelon rinds and orange peels were collected for a final visit to the pigs where we watched them chow down on the remains of our lunch, and then it was time to return home. Not surprisingly, the kids were asleep before I backed out of the parking spot.
If you’re interested in visiting, you can do so individually or as a small group. Please RSVP though, and consult the “cowlendar” to be sure they are open for visitors that day and that there is space available. And don’t let the impending cold weather deter you. Farmer Sue will be adding new doors and heating the barn so art, animals, story time and hot chocolate can still be enjoyed through the winter.
The Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm…where good things grow.
Ready to visit?
Cost: $10 / person ages 3 – adult, $5 ages 1 & 2, no charge for infants under 12 months.
Cash, check and charge accepted.
Hours: Occasionally vary, but usually 10:30am – 1pm. Check the cow-lendar!
Pack: Picnic lunch, drinks & your camera
Address: 208 Roper Road, Canton, GA 30115 – they recommend using the directions on their website since cell phone GPS has been known to deliver visitors to the wrong location.
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