About Us

Melissa Swindell

Melissa Swindell

Executive Director
Melissa is a native of Atlanta who is passionate about local history. Before coming to The Wren's Nest, she was a curator at two historical societies and a research associate for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She is a graduate of the Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University and American History at The George Washington University. When Melissa is not at the office, she loves traveling and visiting other museums.


Carla Ramcharam

Facilities Manager

Carla is a native of Los Angeles, where she owned her own business helping people live their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. After nurturing her family of 7 children and 19 grandchildren, she decided to make a move to Atlanta - and we're so glad she found us! As a lead docent and facilities manager, Carla is enjoying learning more and more about the history of The Wren's Nest and Joel Chandler Harris. In her spare time, she enjoys nurturing her grandchildren and reading.


Meredith Deeley

Education and Communication Director

Meredith Deeley comes to The Wren's Nest as a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in Museum Studies. For the past six years Meredith worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC as their Program Assistant. On the weekends, Meredith volunteers as an interpreter on the Asia Trail at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo. Ask her anything about pandas. And in her spare time, you can find Meredith reading, running, or scuba diving.

Nannie Thompson

Nannie Thompson


Nannie has given tours at The Wren’s Nest since 1999 and has served as official Wren’s Nest housekeeper since 1996. Nannie knows more about the house than anyone and dares any one of y’all to prove her wrong. She is something of a Wren’s Nest celebrity.

Before her time at The Wren’s Nest, Nannie managed her husband’s restaurant, Fred’s, for 28 years.

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1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW
Atlanta, GA 30310



We’re five blocks west of the West End Station (S2) on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. It’s a 10-minute walk or you may take the #71 bus.

By Car

Take I-20 to exit 55A, Lowery Blvd. Head South. Turn right onto Abernathy Boulevard. We’re two blocks down, just beyond West Hunter Street Baptist Church.

Free parking at The Wren's Nest.

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