Joel Chandler Harris House

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Joel Chandler Harris
Joel Chandler Harris House, 1050 Gordon Street, (Atlanta, Georgia).jpg
HABS photo from 1985
Joel Chandler Harris House is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Joel Chandler Harris House
Location Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°44′14″N 84°25′21″W / 33.73722°N 84.42250°W / 33.73722; -84.42250Coordinates: 33°44′14″N 84°25′21″W / 33.73722°N 84.42250°W / 33.73722; -84.42250
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)[1]
Built 1870
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000281
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[2]
Designated NHL December 19, 1962[3]

Joel Chandler Harris House, also known as The Wren's Nest or Snap Bean Farm, is a Queen Anne style house in Atlanta, Georgia built in 1870. It was home to Joel Chandler Harris, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and author of the Uncle Remus Tales, from 1881 until his death in 1908.[3] He is most known as author of the "Uncle Remus" tales, based upon stories he heard slaves tell during his youth.[4]

The home still contains furnishings owned by Harris and utilizes the original paint colors. The house became known as Wren's Nest in 1900 after the Harris children found a wren had built a nest in the mail box; the family built a new mailbox in order to leave the nest undisturbed. The structure was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.[1][3][5]

The organization that maintains the Wren's Nest offers tours and regular storytelling. The organization also has two writing programs for Atlanta area youth: KIPP Scribes, in partnership with APS charter school KIPP STRIVE Academy, and Wren's Nest Publishing Company, an entirely high school student run literary journal.[6]

The Wren's Nest in 2009

It is located at 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., SW, formerly named 1050 Gordon Street., SW.[3][2]


  1. ^ a b Blanche Higgins Schroer (May 15, 1975) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Joel Chandler Harris House / The Wren's Nest; Snap Bean Farm, National Park Service and Accompanying one photo, front porch, from 1975
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Joel Chandler Harris House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  4. ^ "New Georgia Encyclopedia". 
  5. ^ "Joel Chandler Harris Home". National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  6. ^ Doty, Cate (2007-07-01). "Rehabilitating Uncle Remus (and His House in Atlanta)". New York Times (New York Times). Retrieved 2007-07-01. 

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