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Wren's Nest – Atlanta

Wren's Nest Wren's Nest Photo: Lain Shakespeare via Wikimedia

The Wren’s Nest is also known as the Joel Chandler house that was built in the year 1870. The style of the house came from the Queen Ann design that was made by the first people who lived in the area. Joel Chandler is an editor of the book entitled “Atlanta Constitution” and he was the sole author of the book “Uncle Remus Fairy Tale”. Joel Chandler was born in the year 1881 and he died in the year 1908. This person was famous in his time and the Wren’s Nest was the house that Joel Chandler left to the rich history of Atlanta.

The house contains furniture and old items that was owned by Joel Chandler. The paint of the entire house remains on its original state which has been restored to make the Wren’s Nest look the same when he still lives on it. In the year 1990, the house was named Wren’s Nest after the children of Joel Chandler found a nest inside the mail box that was made by a wren. The family of Joel built a new mailbox that will be placed just in front of the house. The old mail box remained as the nest of the wren. The Wren’s Nest was later designated as a Historic Landmark in the year 1962 which is often visited by many locals and tourist.

Today, this historic place is maintained and guarded by an organization. They conduct tours and informational meetings that educate people about the history of the Wren’s Nest. The organization also provides writings that were given to schools located all over Atlanta. The writings contain the history and the autobiography of Joel Chandler. The Wren’s Nest also has a publishing company that publishes books and journals for high school students. Until this day, the house remains as one of the historic places in the city of Atlanta.


Tue through Sat 10:00am – 2:30pm. Closed Sun and Mon
Address/Map:  1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: (404) 753-7735
Website: Plan your visit to Wren's Nest
Admission: Children: $5 | Seniors/Students: $7 | Adults: $8