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“Interesting little museum, nice picnic area and garden”
Review of Uncle Remus Museum

Uncle Remus Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Eatonton
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

The first room in the museum is focused on Uncle Remus, with cute carvings depicting moments from the stories. We didn't have kids with us, but I think looking at these displays with children would be a lot of fun. The other two rooms have collections of old household items, books and newspaper articles - I think these might be more interesting for adults than for children. There were several books of stories available for sale, along with some CDs and a few other souvenir items. There are nice picnic tables and a garden next to the museum; we sat and had a snack in the shade of a very pretty cedar tree.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Joel Chandler Harris was born and lived in Putnam County, GA in his early years. It is here he wrote the tale of Uncle Remus. The museum is in a rustic cabin, typical of the housing of slaves, share croppers and the poor. Mr Harris got much of his story telling material from the slaves themselves during the Civil War and afterwards. The museum is small but quaint. The docents make the visit all the more memorable. Many manuscripts and photographs of the era fill the rooms. If you are lucky. Ms Georgia Smith will be there the day you visit. No one spins a tale or tells of the writings better than she. Visit the museum's web site for more information.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This museum, like so many others in small town America, is run by a lady with boundless enthusiasm for her subject. The museum itself, housed in three shacks, contains more information about the Uncle Remus books and the life of Joel Chandler Harris, than it is possible to consume in one visit. While Harris's works may not be politically correct these days, they do offer an insight into a very different world of not that long ago.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

I learned about this while searching through a website called America's Roadside Attractions. We were kind of near the area on a family road trip. Adults had heard of Uncle Remus. Kids had no clue. Interesting listening to the adults trying to explain their version of Uncle Remus to the young ones. That warranted a major google search investigation. Easy to find once you find Eatonton. Unfortunately we arrived after they had closed for the day. However, we did get a good parking space. The gardens were sweet and fanciful. We were able to walk around the cabin and see info placards. Wish it had been open. If in area again, will definitely visit.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

When traveling through Eatonton, GA on our way to a funeral just a few miles away, we passed by the Joel Chandler Harris Museum. Noting its location, we planned right then to visit on our way back to St. Augustine, FL. My wife "Googled" the museum hours and days open each week. We arrived early on Saturday just before opening hour of 10:00am. To our great delight, the docent was a small stature black lady whose name was Georgia. She regaled us with the history of the area and of Joel Chandler Harris, writer of the Uncle Remus children's stories. Georgia was very frank in her presentation of what great children's stories Mr. Harris wrote and about his personality and how he started his education as a four-year old boy working for a plantation owner in the area. While working for the plantation owner, Mr. Harris listen intently to the folk stories told by elderly slaves to the young plantation slave children. Georgia went on to tell us of Mr. Harris' later years and where he worked, including Macon, Savannah and later in Atlanta for the Atlanta Constitution Newspaper where he began writing columns with the Uncle Remus folk stories. Georgia reported that the more Mr. Harris wrote of the Uncle Remus stories, the more demand there was from the public for additional stories. Georgia related that when Mr. Harris moved to Atlanta, he purchased a home that happened to have a large bird nest in the mail box. Not wanting to disturb the Wrens that had built the nest, he installed a second mail box next to the first. He then named his home the "Wren's Nest" which has become famous in itself as the home of Joel Chandler Harris.

If you ever travel through that part of the State of George, be sure and stop in to tour the museum. And, if you are extremely lucky, you too may be able to hear Miss Georgia's stories of the history of the area and in particular the history of Uncle Remus and the author, Joel Chandler Harris.

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