The Wren’s Nest was the home of Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 until 1908.
The structure is one of only a few remaining Queen Anne Victorian homes in Atlanta. It’s a unique example of upper middle class living around the turn of the 20th century. Today the home features most of the Harris family’s original furniture and belongings.
The house was named after wrens made a nest in the mailbox 120 years ago. If you visit in the spring, you might see that wrens still make nests in the mailbox.
The museum officially opened as a house museum in 1913, with financial support from Andrew Carnegie, President Theodore Roosevelt, and the fundraising efforts of kids from Atlanta Public Schools. The east parlor served as The Uncle Remus Memorial Carnegie Library until 1930. The books eventually became too heavy for the floor, and the library was moved down the street.
Esther LaRose, Harris’ wife, kept the author’s bedroom intact after his death. It is almost completely untouched to this day, aside from cleaning, wallpaper repair, and the occasional changing of the bed linens.
The National Park service designated the Wren’s Nest a National Historic Landmark in 1962. We even have the plaque to prove it! Between 1985 and 1992 the Joel Chandler Harris Association restored the interior and exterior. In 2009, the administration completed a $200,000 conservation project.
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Amazing photo by Jonathan Hillyer of Hillyer Photography.