WATCH: The Georgia Mansion That Inspired “Gone With the Wind” Heads to Auction
If you have ever dreamed of living like Scarlett O’Hara—and what Southerner hasn’t?—now’s your chance. The antebellum mansion that inspired the Twelve Oaks plantation, home of the Wilkes family in Gone With the Wind, is going up for sale.
When author Margaret Mitchell saw the white pillared mansion in Covington, Georgia, she reportedly sent a photo of it to David Selznick, the producer of the 1939 film, telling him “I like this for Ashley's home.” Her wish was his command and soon a version of Twelve Oaks was featured in the Oscar-winning film. Luckily, it was only the Hollywood version of the Wilkes’ plantation that was burned to the ground in the Civil War and the real Twelve Oaks still stands.
The majestic white mansion was built as a private home in 1836, but had a $2 million renovation in 2017. It features 12 bedrooms, 12 fireplaces, 12½ bathrooms, including one with an antique shower that is one of the only ones in the world. There is also a grand dining room, a formal parlor, a Captain’s Walk, and a four-car carriage house, according to Target Auction Company. The home sits on more than three acres of perfectly manicured gardens and lawns, a gazebo and pergola, plenty of shade trees, and a picturesque pool. Plus, it’s only three blocks from Covington’s historic Town Square and a short commute to Atlanta.
As readers of Southern Living may know, Twelve Oaks has been operating as a bed and breakfast in recent years, as well as an event venue, and it was named as one of the South’s Best Inns in 2018. Frankly, my dear, it’s an incredible opportunity to own a piece of Southern history.
If you’re looking to earn back your down payment and see your new house in the movies, according to Target Auction Company, the property averages one to two movie or TV show contracts per year. It has already had a starring role in over 15 movies, including Sweet Home Alabama.
If you’re looking to purchase a true antebellum gem, the starting bid is $1 million. Online bidding begins July 4, and the live auction will take place July 25.