To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Gone with the Wind, Nikki at The Scarlett Rose Garden is hosting a “ball” for fans of the movie. As a fan of GWTW myself, I wanted to play along, so I thought it would be fun to show you this 1833 Greek Revival in Covington, Georgia, which was the original model for Twelve Oaks.
GWTW fans are excited because the house is on the market for $1.4 million (maybe a few of us could go in on it together?). It sits on nearly 4 acres and has 8 bedrooms and 6 baths.
Here’s what Twelve Oaks looks like in the movie:
The exterior was actually a matte painting in the movie, which is why the people look almost ghostlike when I snapped this photo of them riding horses down the long lane toward it. (You may recall that this long, tree-lined drive was inspired by the “Avenue of Oaks” at Boone Plantation that I showed you in my post about The Notebook.)
They did create a real front porch for the close-up scenes of Twelve Oaks, however, and you can see how they replicated the big pillars:
When Scarlett sees Twelve Oaks on the day of the barbecue in the novel, it’s described this way:
“They topped the rise and the white house reared its perfect symmetry before her, tall of columns, wide of verandas, flat of roof, beautiful as a woman is beautiful who is so sure of her charm that she can be generous and gracious to all. Scarlett loved Twelve Oaks even more than Tara, for it had a stately beauty, a mellowed dignity that Gerald’s house did not possess.”
The interiors of the actual home were not as large or as formal as those created as sets for the movie. Here is the actual staircase that climbs three stories in the Greek Revival today:
And here is the staircase used in the movie (everything’s always bigger in Hollywood!):
A pretty blue bedroom in the real home:
A bedroom where the women had their naps in the middle of the party:
The home has 10 fireplaces. Here’s one in the actual home:
And the much grander version in “Gone with the Wind:”
The real dining room:
A dining room large enough for the men to meet to discuss the impending war in: