Barnsley Gardens

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Barnsley Resort (Barnsley Gardens)
Barnsley Gardens Ruins with Foliage.jpg
The gardens and the manor house ruins
Location Bartow County,
near Adairsville, Georgia
Coordinates 34°17′55″N 84°59′15″W / 34.29853°N 84.98762°W / 34.29853; -84.98762Coordinates: 34°17′55″N 84°59′15″W / 34.29853°N 84.98762°W / 34.29853; -84.98762
Built 1840s
Built for Godfrey Barnsley
Architectural style(s) Italianate
Governing body Private
Barnsley Gardens is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Barnsley Gardens
Location of Barnsley Resort (Barnsley Gardens) in Georgia (U.S. state)

Barnsley Resort is a golf resort on the grounds of a historic former plantation near Adairsville, Georgia, United States. Originally known as Woodlands, the plantation was established by Godfrey Barnsley, of Liverpool, England. He built the Italianate mansion in the late 1840s.[1][2]


Close-up of the ruins

The house at Barnsley Gardens was built for his wife Julia. Before it was completed Julia fell ill and died, and Godfrey Barnsley suspended its construction. Later, he said he felt her presence at the site telling him to finish the house for him and his children.[2] The mansion was built in the style of an Italian villa by the architect Andrew Jackson Downing.[3] During the American Civil War, the mansion had been the site of a battle, and much of the house and Barnsley's possessions were ransacked by the Union Army. Barnsley lost his fortune during the Civil War and later moved to New Orleans before he died in 1873.

Barnsley's descendants continued to live at Woodlands until the roof of the main house was blown off by a tornado in 1906. Barnsley's granddaughter, Miss Addie and her family who were living there at the time, moved into the kitchen wing and the main house was never restored[3] and eventually fell to ruins. In 1988 Prince Hubertus Fugger purchased the estate and began a major project to stabilize the ruins and rescue and restore the gardens. The original boxwood hedges planted in the early 1840s still survived and had grown up into a thicket of small trees and vines. These were carefully cut back over a number of years to reveal the interweaving paths and flower beds of the original parterre garden. This is now one of the few surviving antebellum gardens of the southern United States.[2]

Modern resort[edit]

The modern resort is expansive, including a golf course designed by Jim Fazio. Barnsley Resort also has two restaurants, The Woodlands Grill and The Rice House. Barnsley Resort has many options for recreation including tennis courts, a Grecian-style pool, a gym, and a spa. Barnsley's accommodations are small English cottages equipped with bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, and living rooms. Barnsley offers high-end hospitality to a clientele drawn primarily from the Metro Atlanta area, as well as Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Florida. The resort also has a national & international reputation drawing visitors from all over the country and the world.[citation needed]

In literature[edit]

Barnsley Gardens is featured in the ghost story "The Curse of Barnsley Gardens" in Kathryn Tucker Windham's 1973 work 13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c [2]
  3. ^ a b [3]
  4. ^ Windham, Kathryn Tucker (1973). 13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey. Strode Publishers. pp. 125–135. ISBN 978-0-8173-0377-8. 

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