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Civil War Sites: The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast


The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast is one of Covington's several Civil War sites!Covington, Georgia has had quite the history. Covington is still home to several structures from the Civil War and is surrounded by antebellum mansions that tell a story all their own. One of these beautiful antebellum mansions is now a fully operational bed and breakfast – however, that is not always what it has been.

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Covington is a beautiful, white 10,000 square foot mansion that, complete with large pillars and a full upstairs patio, was built in 1836. Judge John Harris built this large antebellum home as his “town home” in 1836, making it a pre-civil war home. Judge Harris was also the owner of a much larger plantation, close to Covington. In 1864, the Harris Plantation was taken over by federal troops when General Sherman invaded Georgia. During this time in the Civil War Judge Harris took cover at his town home in Covington.

After the Civil War, the 10,000 square foot mansion right outside of Covington was sold. The new owner, Robert Franklin Wright, bought the Harris town home for $1000. The new owner and his wife, Salina, chose to rename the town home. They called it The Cedars. They also took the time to refurbish the interior of the antebellum mansion and add a boxwood garden behind the home. Years later, in 1903, The Cedars again changed owners. Nathanial Tuner, an affluent cotton broker, purchased The Cedars and renamed the home the Whitehall.

The white antebellum mansion is far from its Civil war roots and is now known as the very famous Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast. This name was acquired after Margaret Mitchell modeled the home of one of her character’s, Ashley, home in the epic Civil War novel Gone with the Wind after this antebellum mansion. The renovated pre-Civil War mansion is not only a bed and breakfast, but hosts weddings and other events as well.

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