Tour the home of Joel Chandler Harris, the Atlanta journalist who penned the 'Brer Rabbit' stories. Harris first heard these stories while working on a southern plantation.Today, Atlanta’s oldest house museum preserves African American folklore. The home is restored to look just as it did when the Harris family lived here at the turn-of-the-century and the guided tours are steeped in Atlanta and regional history, 19th century architecture and interiors, as well as little-known facts about Harris’ contemporaries and friends: President Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Grady and Mark Twain.
Visit: Wren's Nest, Atlanta, GeorgiaAfter your arrival at Wren's Nest, you'll meet your guide and begin your tour. Your guide will introduce you to the legendary turn-of-the-century author, Joel Chandler Harris. You will then follow your guide on a 45-minute tour of Harris' home. As you tour the home you'll learn how Joel Chandler Harris first heard the story of Brer Rabbit while working on a southern plantation and how Atlanta’s oldest house museum now preserves African American folklore or yesteryear. If you are visiting on a Saturday, make sure to plan your visit for 1pm, when on site storytellers share the Brer Rabbit stories -- a great addition to any tour for any age! Feel free to pack a lunch. The Wren's Nest was once a 19th century working farm and you are welcome to stay and enjoy a picnic on the 2.5-acre property in the heart of Metro-Atlanta.