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Review of Wren's Nest

Wren's Nest
Ranked #60 of 292 things to do in Atlanta
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Owner description: The 19th-century farmhouse that once belonged to Joel Chandler Harris, the author of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox.
Reviewed 3 November 2013

My friend and I each have lived in Atlanta more than 20 years and never had visited this hidden gem before. We decided to take MARTA since we visited on Halloween, a day with legendary traffic in Atlanta. Dicey neighborhood on the 5 block neighborhood walk from the West End Marta station, but no one bothered us.
Joel Chandler Harris worked at the "Atlanta Constitution" newspaper for 26 years before he quit to write the Uncle Reemus/Breer Rabbit stories former slaves had entertained him with. The docent, an elderly but energetic woman named Nanny, was full of fascinating stories and answered all of our questions. Next time I will try to come on a Saturday when the Wren's Nest has storytellers to entertain the public.

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

This is a great place to visit! Go on a Saturday or when one of the Ramblers is present to kick off the tour with some top notch storytelling. I've had the pleasure of hearing both Akbar and Curtis...equally impressive. The rest of the tour is interesting if you enjoy historic old homes. There are only four or five rooms to check out. Joel Chandler Harris was a progressive man for his time, which you learn about on the tour. Let's keep this open in Atlanta and show The Wren's Nest your support. It's a non-profit and it's clear they could use some financial support to make needed improvements. They also support writing and storytelling programs for the local schools thorough the Scripp's Scribes. It's great to see young folks interested in writing and storytelling get their work published through this program!

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We have lived in Atlanta nearly 30 years and I'm sorry to say had not visited the Wren's Nest until now. I have fond memories of my mother reading the Uncle Remus stories to me as a child, so this house/museum brought back a flood of nostalgia. Overshadowing the house itself was the docent, Nanny, an entertaining storyteller in her own right who spoke for an hour and a half without notes and made the whole experience captivating. The house is in great shape and contains fascinating memorabilia from a picture of Mr. Harris with Andrew Carnegie to a turn-of -the-century tennis outfit that looks more like an evening gown. The Wren's Nest is just a few turns off the interstate (minutes from Turner Field) in the West End and has free parking. The fee to enter is $8 and if you are lucky you will find a Groupon/ScoutMob discount. Even without a discount this tour is worth it. I would rank it up there with Callenwolde, The Rhodes Castle and the Swan House.

5  Thank GuyFromAtlanta_GA
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Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

We're fans pf the author so we thought it would be good yo check out his home in Atlanta. We were the pnly 3 prople there at the time and got a beautiful giide - Nanny. She took us on a guided tour - room by room, and told us through the history, the family, the furnings, the testorations and various events held at the home. Nanny was knowlwdgable, personable and funny - definitely a gem!

2  Thank vo129
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Worth the effort to find. Easy access. Discovered so many different things about the author, his life and family.

Thank patsend
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