Trip Ideas

10 Historic Georgia Homes to Tour

Plan a trip to discover historic homes in Georgia.

  • Hills & Dales Estate Gardens

    The home built for textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway and his wife Ida Cason Callaway was completed in 1916 in LaGrange, Georgia.

Yes, you can time travel in Georgia. It’s as simple as visiting one of the many historic homes and learning what life was like for those who lived there years ago.

Here are the 10 best historic homes for touring. Be sure to call ahead for tour times and fees. 

  • Swan House

    The lavish, 1928 Swan House at teh Atlanta History Center in Atlanta was built for the Inman family was designed by famed architect Philip Shutze and earned its name for the swan motif found throughout the house. Movie buffs will recognize it from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

  • Owens-Thomas House

    A National Historic Landmark, the Owens-Thomas House in Savannah is known for its English Regency architecture and elaborate indoor plumbing system — an innovative amenity in 1819.  The home also includes an English-inspired ornamental formal garden and an original carriage house with one of the earliest intact slave quarters in the South. Purchase a Triple-Site Pass to see the house, Telfair Academy and Jepson Center for a discounted price. 

  • Hills & Dales Estate

    A 13,000-square-foot Italian villa perched atop a hill in LaGrange is an unexpected sight. The Hills & Dales Estate was commissioned by the Callaway family in 1916 and is  open for tours, as are the 19th century gardens.

  • Andalusia

    Author Flannery O’Connor lived among the544-acres of rolling hills, red clay and towering pines of Andalusia in Milledgeville from 1951 until her death in 1964. The main house of this literary landmark, however, has roots that trace back to the mid-1800s. 

  • Pebble Hill Plantation

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many wealthy Northerners wintered in the warm climate of South Georgia. Some purchased plantations such as Pebble Hill, which the Hanna family turned into an elegant sporting retreat. 

  • Plum Orchard Mansion

    Plum Orchard Mansion in Cumberland Island was built in 1898 for the Carnegie family and is part of the Cumberland Island National Seashore. The best times to visit this Georgian Revival mansion are when volunteer caretakers are in residence or for the national park’s Lands and Legacies Tour. 

  • Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson

    The 28th U.S. president lived here during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augustae was built in 1859, and during tours you can see a window where Wilson etched his name as a child. 

  • Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site

    Franklin D. Roosevelt built a small vacation home in Warm Springs while serving as governor of New York. He found the area’s therapeutic spring waters eased his polio symptoms. Now it is known as Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site.

  • Hay House

    At the time of its completion in 1859, the Hay House in Macon, an Italian Renaissance Revival home nicknamed the “Palace of the South,” boasted central heat, hot and cold running water, and an in-house kitchen. We suggest booking the Behind-the-Scenes Tour if possible. F

  • The Wren's Nest

    The Wren's Nest in Atlanta belonged to Joel Chandler Harris, author of “Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings.” This Queen Anne Victorian home opened as a museum in 1913. Visit on Saturdays to enjoy onsite storytelling. 

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