The Plantation House From Gone With the Wind Is up for Auction
Unlike the fictional Twelve Oaks, the mansion's real life inspiration survived Sherman
You can now live out your Scarlett O’Hara fantasy in the real-life mansion that appeared in the classic 1939 film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. The iconic 19th-century estate is up for auction in Covington, Georgia, CBS News reported.
The instantly recognizable white-columned home appeared in the film as the stately plantation house of Ashley Wilkes, where Scarlett first meets infamous anti-hero Rhett Butler at a lavish, pre-war barbecue. According to the house’s website, Mitchell selected the home for the film herself after seeing a picture of it in the Atlanta Journal. The author reportedly sent the photo to the film’s production team, saying, “I like this for Ashley’s home.”
The sprawling 19th-century mansion has changed hands multiple times since it was first built as a town house for wealthy plantation-owner Judge John Harris in 1936. Now renamed Twelve Oaks after the fictional plantation house it inspired, the mansion operated as a bed and breakfast from 2012 to 2018.
According to Target Auction Company, the classic antebellum home features more than 10,000 square feet of newly-renovated space thanks to a $2 million renovation in 2017 that outfitted the mansion with new appliances and high end features. The renovated property boasts 12 bedrooms and 12-and-a-half bathrooms — two of which feature bathtubs valued at over $14,000 each — as well as a pool, 12 fireplaces, 3 acres of gardens, a historic gazebo and a full chef’s kitchen. A true testament to the house’s excellent mix of modern amenities and old southern charm, the property includes a 4-car carriage house as well as Tesla and Copper Creek charging stations.
“We feel we’ve accomplished what we set out to do and we are ready to start a new adventure,” said the owner of Twelve Oaks in a press release. “This was a dream of mine and we feel we achieved it beyond our imaginations.”
A live auction will take place on July 25, with the starting bid at $1 million.
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