It’s that time again for a history lesson on Georgia’s past. I just love learning about the rich cultural past of my state–and I know you do too!
That’s why I want to showcase these very special houses in Georgia that are among many that have incredible pasts. You’ll definitely will want to hop in the car and visit these 10 historical homes.
1. Swan House
The Swan House was built in 1928 for Emily and Edward Inman. Emily Inman lived in this beautiful house until 1965. Afterwards, it was acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966. The house now operates as a 1920s and 1930s museum via the Atlanta History Center. See how the southern elite lived in the 20s and 30s by visiting this historic house!
2. Owen-Thomas House
This historic home is also a museum operated by Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. This National Historical Landmark has the elaborate details and architecture of Bath, England in the early 1800s. It was one of the most architecturally significant homes of its time.
3. Hills & Dale Estate
This grand estate was once the home of textile magnet Fuller E. Callaway and his wife in 1916 in Lagrange, GA. It is also home to the beautiful Ferrell Gardens! This gorgeous 35-acre estate is open to the public and offers events such "Stories in the Garden."
Andalusia is the home of southern author Flannery O'Connor in Milledgeville, GA. She lived there until her death in 1964. She sought this home as a place to restore her health and spent many childhood summers on this home, which was once also a farm. The home opened as a museum in 2003 and is now maintained by Andalusia Foundation, Inc.
5. Plum Orchard Mansion
This mansion on Cumberland Island was built by American royalty, Lucie Carnegie for her son and daughter-in-law as a wedding gift. It was donated to the National Park Foundation in 1971 and can now be viewed by the public via tours.
6. Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson
This National Historic Landmark is located in downtown Augusta, GA. This house museum depicts the life of the 28th president's childhood during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
7. Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site
Another house that was the home of a former president is the Little White House. FDR loved this place, as it was close to the warm springs that magically alleviated his symptoms of polio. He passed away after having a stroke in this house. Much of this home has been preserved and is open to visitors.
8. The Wren's Nest
Want to visit Atlanta's oldest house museum? Go the Wren's Nest, which is also known as the Joel Chandler Harris house. This home was built in 1870 and preserves the legacy of Harris, who was a famous writer of African American folklore.
9. Hay House
Nicknamed "the mansion of the south," this home once belonged to William Butler Johnson and his wife Ann. This beautiful house was built in the 1850s and now operates as a private house museum.
10. Wayne-Gordon House
The Wayne-Gordon House is the birthplace of Juliette Low, the founder of the American Girl Scouts organization. This national historical landmark is located in Savannah and is next to the Andrew Low Carriage House, (the first Girl Scouts headquarters.) They are both open to visitors for tours!
What did you think of these historical homes? Aren’t they just fascinating? Tell us in the comments if you’ve ever visited these places, or if you can think of any other homes in Georgia with historical significance!