This past weekend we had the pleasure of participating in a tour of historic homes and gardens in the neighboring towns of Sharpsburg and Newnan, GA. While it may not have been the ideal day from the standpoint of weather, we had a great time sloshing around in the rain and were grateful for the unique opportunity afforded us. Our thanks to the many volunteers who put this tour together!
My mother and I donning our umbrellas outside of The Magnolias Plantation home, circa 1829. As a gardener, this house was the gem that made the extreme weather conditions worth braving the elements. Not to diminish all the other beautiful properties, but this garden and federal style home are nothing short of spectacular!
We toured four historic homes in total, if you include our final stop at the 1859 Antebellum home where we lunched afterward. We began our day in Sharpsburg at the Bailey Home, a Plantation Plain style house built in the early 1830s, which was painstakingly restored by it's current owner to its yeoman farm history. The historical society put together some delightful demonstrations depicting how life once was on this property, and the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers created a small sample kitchen garden, representative of one that would have provided year-round food for the family.
This primitive cabin is located on the Bailey property.
We arrive at the Magnolias Plantation, located at the end of a long wooded and very private, Magnolia-lined drive nextdoor to the Baily Home.
The Magnolia home was built between 1829 and 1833 for Dr. John MacFarland of Edinburgh Scotland, and remains one of Georgia's premier showcase Federal style homes. It was moved to its current location in 1997 and has been restored to the Federal style decor and landscape design. The current owners were there to greet us and were the consumate hosts. They employ one full-time gardener but it may just as well have been ten as the gardens were luscious and immaculately kept.
Plein air painter on the Portico.
This garden wall separates the Magnolias Plantation home from the other home on the grounds. This garden was beautifully conceived and made me appreciate the importance of structure in organizing space. On the right side of the wall is the entrace to the cutting garden.
The cutting garden is actually where my video garden tour begins. So, if you care to take a walk in the rain with me, that is where my walk will start. And, you will hear the wind and rain as I wend my way through the garden pathways.
I left The Magnolias Plantation home feeling inspired to add some new features to our garden. Thank you for sharing your home and gardens with us. I can't think of a better way to spend the day!
Our next stop was The Reese Home, circa 1856, on Greenville Street in downtown Newnan, GA. Unfortunately, as the rain began to come down much harder we did not have an opportunity to take photos. We lunched at Something Special in an antebellum house located next door to the Reese home. The lunch menu was typical southern fare of the era, and delicious!