I’ve known Joel Chandler Harris’s stories before I ever knew he existed. In fact, I didn’t know these stories were his before moving to Atlanta.
I’ve known Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear since before I was knee-high to a grasshopper. And if you’ve been to Disney World, then I bet you have too.
The Wren’s Nest is where Harris lived from 1881 to his death in 1908. The house was so named after wrens nested in the mailbox 120 years ago; wrens still find it a preferable nesting place today.
The Uncle Remus stories aren’t really Harris’s; he’s just the one to write them down. The majority of the stories originated in Africa and were brought over with the slaves. Harris heard them growing up on the plantation and recorded them, mimicking the oral tradition of the slaves by creating the character Uncle Remus to narrate the tales.
In 1946, Walt Disney created a film adaptation of these stories called Song of the South featuring live action and animation, and that is what the Splash Mountain ride is based off of.
The Wren’s Nest has three of the puppets from the film.
After the tour, we stayed for Storytime with Josie Bailey. Storytime is every Saturday at 1pm, and you can’t get stories told better anywhere else!
Have you been to The Wren’s Nest? Let me know in the comments!