Mansion That Inspired 'Gone With The Wind' To Be Auctioned
Posted On April 13, 2020
COVINGTON, GA — The mansion that inspired 12 Oaks in “Gone With The Wind” will be auctioned Thursday, with starting bids, according to its Realtor.com listing, to begin at $1 million. The home includes 12 bedrooms and 12 and a half baths, and was built in 1836.
According to WSB, the Munn family has decided to sell the home, which writer Margaret Mitchell found as an inspiration for a home that she included in her world-famous novel. Mitchell saw a photo of the home in a 1939 Atlanta Journal, and she sent it to the producers of the film, saying, “I like this for Ashley’s home.”
The Munns have turned the home into an award-winning bed and breakfast. According to the business’ website, Judge John Harris built the home as his town house in 1836. He owned a large plantation near Covington that was pilfered by federal troops in 1864 when they were beginning Sherman’s march to the Sea. The Atlanta History Center has journal entries from Sherman and Harris describing details of Sherman’s 30-day stay at the Harris Plantation.
After the Civil War and the property exchanging owners, Robert Franklin Wright bought the property for $1,000. He and his Salina named the house The Cedars, refurbished the interior and added a boxwood garden to the rear of the mansion.
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In 1903 they sold the home to Nathanial Turner, an affluent cotton broker who owned Covington Mills. The home eventually acquired a new name, Whitehall.
“Gone With The Wind” world-premiered in Atlanta at Loews Theater on Jan. 17, 1940.
This listing originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.