The Wren's Nest, Home of Joel Chandler Harris, Atlanta, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Lat34North
N 33° 44.287 W 084° 25.329
16S E 738818 N 3736104
Quick Description: The Wren's Nest was the Home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus Tales. It is located on Ralph David Abernathy Street in West End.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 6/19/2008 6:10:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM40RP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member sfwife
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Long Description:
The Wren’s Nest was the home of Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 until 1908, so named for the wrens that made a nest in the mailbox. Today the home features most of the Harris family’s original furniture and belongings, and is Atlanta’s oldest house museum.

The structure itself is an architectural standout, one of only a few remaining Queen Anne Victorian homes in Atlanta. It is also a unique example of upper middle class living around the turn of the 20th century.

The museum officially opened in 1913, with financial help from Andrew Carnegie and President Theodore Roosevelt. For a time the museum also served as The Uncle Remus Public Library, but the books eventually became too heavy for the floor, and the library was moved down the street.

Harris’ wife kept the author’s bedroom intact after his death, and it remains untouched to this day, aside from dusting and the occasional changing of the bed linens. The museum became a National Historic in 1966.

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Museum hours:
10:00am - 2:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, with free Storytelling every Saturday at 1pm.

Closed Sunday and Monday.

Admission to the Wren's Nest is as follows:
$5 for children
$7 for seniors and students
$8 for adults


There is a historic marker located in front of the home.
Public/Private: Private Museum

Tours Available?: Yes

Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Built: Not listed

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