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Stately Oaks Plantation

A while ago I visited Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro, GA, just south of Atlanta. The house and grounds are in beautiful condition. All the buildings are historic, though this wasn't their original location; the big house, cabins, an indian camp, and a general store were relocated here. Part of Jonesboro's claim to fame is as the setting of Gone With The Wind...

"Rhett, I'm home!"

A bit more modest than Tara, but then, Hollywood DOES exaggerate.

Fell in love with this dining room. It's decorated to period, but reminds me strongly of Monet's rooms at Giverny. Notice the little object hanging in the right window? It's a fly catcher - a little blue and white porcelain jug, with holes around the side and molasses on the bottom. Life was much harder before modern conveniences, but that didn't prevent determined taste-makers from leading beautiful lives.

Monet's dining room. Another wonderful example of sunny yellow and bright blues. VERY yellow in fact!

This last (far more humble) building is the kitchen. Kitchens during this period had such a nefarious habit of burning down, they were kept as far away from the house as possible.  I share the same sentiments today - but only because I hate cooking!
Images: Stately Oaks, my own. Monet's dining room, www.galenfrysinger.com

18 comments:

The Townhouselady said...

Incredible. I was soaking up every detail of that dining room. Magnificent. Thanks for that great post.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Lovely post. How I adore the dining room too. I would be too occupied to eat!

Style Redux 2 said...

I am struck by how many Chinoiserie features there are in the yellow and blue dining room-it's quite elegant!

Sanity Fair said...

Beth - Monet was tremendously influenced by Asian woodblock prints (as you already knew) but I also noticed that at Stately Oaks and was equally surprised - who knew? Asian plantation!

annechovie said...

great place! I never got there when I lived in ATL. Thanks for the tour!

ticklishfromadistance said...

Looks SO much like Giverny Very interesting. Go Jonesboro! Never knew there was a good story there!

Judith. ..de Santa Fe said...

Oh my ... . I'm needing my sunglasses to investigate the yellow dining room!

pve design said...

Oh - that tour would put the wind in my sails...
Love the front porch!

Southern Aspirations said...

Love this! I adore this home as well- have to read the post again just to ensure I get all the details.

down and out chic said...

now that is a yellow room if i've ever seen one.

Veranda said...

Beautiful home and great pics. Have you ever had the pleasure to visit Natchez, MS? There are MANY homes just like this all over town. Just make sure you go during mid to late spring. It's a little too humid during the summer, or else that velvet curtain dress might get a little damp, Scarlett.

Renee Finberg said...

beautiful images !
thank you

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