Iconic mansion that inspired “Gone with the Wind” is for sale

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 11:31:00-04

The instantly-recognizable plantation house that set the stage for the Wilkes family home in the movie “Gone with the Wind” is now on the auction block. And frankly, my dear, it’s a bargain.

According to its website, the plantation home — now renamed Twelve Oaks after “Gone With the Wind” — inspired author Margaret Mitchell as the book was being adapted into the Oscar-winning movie. She apparently saw a picture of the Covington, Georgia home in the “Atlanta Journal,” sent it to the film’s production team and wrote “I like this for Ashley’s home.”

According to Target Auction Company, the house was built in 1836, and features more than 10,000 square feet of newly-renovated space. It’s a classic antebellum home, with wrap-around porches and large oak trees, but has new appliances and high-end fixtures, thanks to a $2 million renovation in 2017.

The house has 12 bedrooms and 12-and-a-half bathrooms. It’s so large that it was used as a bed-and-breakfast from 2012-2018.