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The Wren’s Nest — National Historic Landmark, Fierce Competitor


Written on August 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm, by Amelia

The calendar next to my desk is the National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest calendar.  Surprise to no one, I love it.

It doesn’t really mess around with things like “non-American” holidays or fancy words like “solstice” (June 21st: “Summer Begins”).  What it does make room for, however, is the following, marked on August 21st: “National Historic Landmarks Program Established on this Day in 1935.”  I like your priorities, my calendar.

(The Wren’s Nest, positively glowing about its NHL status.)

The Wren’s Nest is, of course, a National Historic Landmark.  In case you’re wondering what that means, exactly, it’s this: that we’re awesome, and way more awesome than most other old things.

The numbers do the talking for us:

  • There are over 1,000,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.  Not too choosy, but nice, still.
  • 80,000 of those bad boys are listed individually.  (The rest are accounted for by things like historic districts and the contributing properties therein.  Nice try, guys.)
  • Out of the 80,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, only 2,430 are National Historic Landmarks like the Wren’s Nest.  Yikes.
  • This is definitive proof that we’re super special.

Obviously, inclusion in this calendar of similarly special old places would be terrific.  Wanna help?  Take a moment to look at the Wren’s Nest’s interior and exterior photos and vote on which one you think we should submit to the contest.  If we win, we’ll totally share the proceeds ($0) with you!

Happy scrutinizing!

Related: This list of National Historic Landmarks by state is neat.  (There are 48 NHLs in Georgia, in case you were interested.)  So is National Historic Landmark Flickr account.  And!  This weekend (August 14th and 15th) is one of the monthly fee-free entrance weekends at more than 100 national parks.  America, good work.

10 Comments to The Wren’s Nest — National Historic Landmark, Fierce Competitor

  1. The Harris bedroom shows off quite nice period detail, with the hat and typewriter a personal JCH reference — my first choice

    The house at night is striking and shows off the restoration work — my second choice

  2. I definitely vote for the house at night picture. They’re all wonderful, but that one is my favorite!

  3. Linda Harris says:

    I like the outdoor detail shot!

  4. Linda Keene says:

    I think I like the house at night the best. But I like that picture of the parlor with the statues of Brer Rabbit and Brer fox.

  5. Andrea Swilley says:

    How wonderful about the contest!

    I like the exterior night shot and either the girls’ bedroom or the parlor shot for interiors- although the living room wallpaper makes a great period statement.

    As a former board member, I really hope TWN wins!!! Congratulations!

  6. Gloria Wyatt says:

    I like the house at night picture. It has the ‘it is storytime’ feel.

  7. Nancy Brewster says:

    I agree with Mark. I love the Harris bedroom with the typewriter and hat on the desk, all the beautiful furniture, and the pictures on the wall.

  8. Missy Whitmire says:

    Congratulations on the contest, that is wonderful! I like JCH’s bedroom picture the best for interior, and I actually like the outside daytime shot of the house the best for the exterior. Good Luck!!!

  9. Andrew Wood says:

    The interior shots are nice but the lighting is a bit harsh. I’d go for the night time exterior.

  10. Lain says:

    This is all very helpful. Thanks very much, y’all!

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