The Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Joel Chandler Harris’ hometown of Eatonton, GA.

Brer Rabbit With the Uncle Remus Museum In The Background

This is Brer Rabbit in front of the Uncle Remus Museum, a few blocks south of the main square. His head is kind of funny-shaped, like a cobra’s.

The Uncle Remus Museum is also kind of funny. The museum is more or less two former slave cabins attached to one another. It’s supposed to be a cabin that Uncle Remus would have lived in (or told stories in) had he not been so darn fictional.

Admission is $1. This executive director thinks it’s well-worth the fee.

Up the road a piece is the town square, where a very similar, less filthy Brer Rabbit lives.

Lain As Salman Rushdie With Brer Rabbit on the Square in Eatonton

This was where we found out that I am taller than Salman Rushdie.

Rushdie and Brer Rabbit

So I’ve got that going for me.

About twenty miles north of Eatonton is Madison, Georgia. Madison is home to beautiful antebellum homes that were spared during the Civil War. Madison is also home to a few monuments to Brer Rabbit and his Critter friends.

Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby in Front of the Uncle Remus Library in Madison Georgia

These guys used to be at Lenox Square. They were created in the 1960s 1959, and my mom got the day off school to help unveil them.

Brer Bear and Brer Frog at the Uncle Remus Library in Madison Georgia

They were moved here, to the headquarters of the Uncle Remus Regional Library System, when they built a new parking deck at Lenox. Or so I’m told.

Comments (5)

  • Unveiled on Tuesday, November 17, 1959 and I’ve got the pictures to prove it! I was 6; my sister, Linda, was 8 and boy do we look good in matching dresses made by our Grandmother! (Mrs. Lucien Harris, Jr.) Your blog readers will want to see this so I’ll bring them to the Nest tomorrow. Ha! Who else remembers when Lenox Square was open air?

  • I remember When Lenox was an open air mall, with a Colonial Food store. In the early 1980s I worked at the pet store at lenox, when I went to the mall office and asked about these statues, I was told that some people found them offensive so they were removed. Now I see that the traveling musicians statue is coming to Madison.

  • Read an Atlanta Journal article in 2007 about the museum. Brer Rabbit was one of my favorite cartoons (Disney) in the 1950’s…growing up. Glad there is some recognition for the old stories.

  • Growing up in Dallas Tx my 2nd grade teacher had a way and a voice for each of the Characters of Uncle Remus. That was 60 years ag. Now I want to share with my grandchildren. Was in Eatonton with my cousin, ate across the street from a store that had a lot of Uncle Remus items. On here today trying to find same to get some for those Grandchildren.
    May these stories go on and on.
    Ben Glover

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