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The Wren’s Nest

Home of Joel Chandler Harris

 
 
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By David Seibert, May 12, 2012
1. The Wren’s Nest Marker
Inscription. Creator of the Uncle Remus stories and exponent of the New South, Joel Chandler Harris was born December 9, 1848 in Eatonton. After serving an apprenticeship on a plantation newspaper The Countryman near Eatonton and working on several Georgia dailies, he joined the staff of the Atlanta Constitution in 1876. His prolific pen has immortalized the Negro folklore of the Old South. In 1880, he purchased this house for his home, calling it "Snap-Bean Farm". When a wren built her nest in the mailbox, he changed the name to “Wren’s Nest”.

Soon after his death, July 3, 1908, the Uncle Remus Memorial Association was organized. On January 10, 1913, it purchased the “Wren’s Nest”. That same year the Uncle Remus Library was organized and remained here for 17 years. The Uncle Remus Memorial Association was rechartered August 20, 1957, as the Joel Chandler Harris Memorial Association. The “Wren’s Nest” is owned and operated as a memorial by the association.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-190.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 44.287′ N, 84° 
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By David Seibert, May 12, 2012
2. The Wren’s Nest Marker
25.329′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW (Georgia Route 139) 0 miles east of Lawton Street SW, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW, Atlanta GA 30310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Original Gas Street Light ( a few steps from this marker); The Exterior Line (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Clayton’s Div., Lee’s A.C. ( approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Clayton's Div., Lee's A.C. (was approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Site of Ezra Church (was approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Battle Hill (was approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Federal Salient (was approx. 1.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Clayton's Div., Lee's A.C. ( approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. The final sentence has been ground off the marker, noticeable in the image. It read: It is open week days from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sundays from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M.
 
Regarding The Wren’s Nest.
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By David Seibert, May 12, 2012
3. The Wren’s Nest Marker
With the house in the background
The Wren's Nest was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1962.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Wren's Nest. (Submitted on May 20, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. Wren's Nest. The Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 20, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

3. Joel Chandler Harris. The New Georgia Encyclopedia biography. (Submitted on May 20, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
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By David Seibert, May 12, 2012
4. The Wren’s Nest
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By David Seibert, May 12, 2012
5. The Wren’s Nest
Joel Chandler Harris image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. Joel Chandler Harris
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 12, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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