Along Georgia’s Folk Pottery Trail, Gillsville is a sleepy Southern berg where chicken farms and roadside produce stands greet visitors passing through to the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. Stop here for handmade folk pottery and home cooked vittles.
With fewer than 250 people, Gillsville takes up a mere one square mile. This town has made a major impact on American fine arts with the heavy concentration of folk potters who make their homes and ply their trade in the foothills surrounding the area. Folk Pottery is the last original American hand craft practiced the same way today as it was in Colonial times. In Gillsville, you will find Hewell’s Pottery, a large retail pottery seller open year round. More adventurous travelers will want to visit private potters’ workshops along the winding roads leading to and from Gillsville. Signs mark the spots where artists sell their wares formed in clay dug from the nearby Georgia creeks and riverbeds. Be sure to stop in Maw Maw and Paw Paw’s café for a home cooked treat or pack a picnic and visit the city park. Those on official business will want to visit on Wednesdays – the only day City Hall is open where the Mayor and his wife/town librarian will greet you with Northeast Georgia charm.
Visitor Information Center
6288 Highway 52
Gillsville, GA 30543
Visit WebsitePhone: 770-869-9000