In 1888, three wine-making communities were founded here on some 2000 acres. A local land developer, Ralph L. Spencer, invited some 200 Hungarian wine-making families to settle this region. They named their largest community BUDAPEST, in honor of the capital of Hungary. The village of TOKAJ recalled the famous wine-making region of Hungary, and NYITRA was named after an ancient fort in the northern region of their homeland. Homes, streets, shops, a school, a Catholic church, a cemetery and other municipal facilities were built. The wine industry flourished in this climate. In 1908 the passage of the Prohibition Act in Georgia spelled their doom. The residents were forced back to the Pennsylvania mines. The rectory still stands on a hill, a fine tribute to the master masons who erected it. The pioneer Hungarians who became a part of the Georgia soil lie in the little fenced cemetery over the hill, many of the graves still marked with names which sound foreign to these parts. By ancient tradition the inhabitants lie with their heads toward the East and their beloved homeland.

GHM 071-3 Georgia Historic Marker 1988


This is the sign today. It has been stolen and only the pole remains.

Entrance to the Cemetary

Today, some of what remains. There are some newer homes on the properties. Most of the 200 families homes had wine cellars and today you can walk through the woods and may fall into a hole. You might find some old wine, but unlikely.

Lots of information regarding the Hungarian winemakers that once lived in Budapest, Georgia.

A Winemaker, Guy F. Sillay, took some grape clippings from Haralson County and produced the wine shown here as 1996 vintage. I could not find anything more about the wine or if it is still produced. Bottle says Hart County Georgia, and found Guy F. Sillay in Cumming, GA.


The following websites have more information, some in Hungarian, some in English:,_Georgia

THE FOLLOWING ARE FOR SALE LISTINGS OF THE PRIESTS HOUSE BUILT IN 1894 - originally listed in 2008 for $799,999 (92 acres of land) and now for $144,000 but less land (15 acres). SOLD Oct 2011 for $41,000 see www.trulia link below

The museum person told us that the mahogany and cherry wood inside has been stolen but not the doors in the walls. Also there is a 3 story staircase worth more than the house. The house cannot be seen from the road through the dense woods.