The Nitty Gritty
- Expires 90 days from purchase date
- Price is for 2 people
- No reservations needed
- Walk-ins welcome any time from:
10-3 PM Saturday-Sunday
Perhaps you read about Joel Chandler Harris in your textbooks. Maybe you were regaled with the stories of Brer Rabbit and his crew as a wee tot. But no textbook can tell Mr. Harris's story quite like the folks at the Wren's Nest. (And trust us, no one can do justice to his tales like the Wren's Nest Ramblers, the award-winning storytellers in residence. Exhibits A through Z.) Well, intrepid minds, it's time for a field trip. With a guided tour of the former home-turned-museum, you'll take a step back in time to the turn of the 20th century and get the full story behind one of the South's most beloved authors from the passionate people (read: professional history nerds) who keep his story alive in the West End.
Indeed, you might know Mr. Harris as the Southern wordsmith who brought the likes of Brer Rabbit and his wily crew into kids' storybooks around the country. But there's more to this dapper gentleman than meets the eye: his literary bromance with Mark Twain, his various gifts from the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and the King of Bavaria, his very dapper 'stache and fancy pants. And there's no better place for digging up this rich history than inside his former digs, the Wren's Nest.Nestled in the West End, the historic house museum draws history buffs, architecture aficionados and literature-lovers alike. But mostly, the Wren's Nest is a destination for folks who just plain love a good story. And if you're one of those who appreciates a good old-fashioned yarn-spinnin', preferably whilst porchside? Well, let's just say you'll find a kindred spirit in the mustachio'd scribe who once resided here... and his literary legacy that's still alive and kickin'.