The Georgia mansion that inspired one of the homes in Gone With the Wind will be auctioned at the end of July 2019. Twelve Oaks is the name of the plantation home of the Wilkes family in the novel, and aristocratic Ashley Wilkes is the man that Scarlett O’Hara obsesses over for years, to the chagrin of Rhett Butler.
Built in 1836, this real-life “Gone With the Wind” Southern mansion in Covington, which was originally called the Harris Plantation, was named one of the Top 10 Antebellum Sites in Georgia and is on the National Register. The Antebellum Trail in Georgia spreads 100 miles, highlighting seven communities east of Atlanta, from Macon to Athens.
As the novel was being adapted, author Margaret Mitchell reportedly saw a photo of the home in the Atlanta Journal, and sent a clipping of it to the film’s production team with a handwritten note saying, “I like this for Ashley’s home.”
In the 1940s, following the production of the film Gone With the Wind, the mansion and the entire Covington area became a draw for tourists. Eventually named Twelve Oaks, its most recent incarnation was as a bed and breakfast and event space.
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