The Book

Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations

Winner of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Medal for Best New Voice in Non-Fiction.

Winner of the 2013 Silver Medal as the Georgia Author of the Year Award in History.

Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations has a two-fold purpose: to rescue the story and imagery of some of Georgia’s lost antebellum mansions from permanent obscurity and to encourage, wherever possible, historic preservation of the remaining homes still standing in Georgia for future generations.

Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations highlights ninety-four historic antebellum homes, all of which have been lost to time. With over 210 photos, many never before published, you will see at least one photo for every featured home with some showing the interior as well as the exterior.

Featured homes include some that were lost as a casualty of Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea” in 1865, while other homes were lost as recent as 2002. While many have been mentioned briefly in various publications, Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations provides, in some cases for the first time, detailed histories on the homes and/or the families who resided there. This beautiful publication will also help fill in the gaps on Georgia architecture, as it is the first book to focus on the homes that have been lost.

Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations (standard edition) will be an 8 ½” x 11”, 352-page volume with over 210 photographs. It will consist of a beautiful color dust jacket over a leather-like, gold-stamped, hard cover.

Purchase your copy today to be learn more about the  history of Georgia’s antebellum homes and plantations that will not be seen again.


People are talking! The following magazines, websites, or media have featured Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations:

  • Valdosta Magazine, Fall 2012 Issue
  • Deep South Magazine
  • 1340 WGAU, the Barbara Dooley Show, radio interview with the author on October 19, 2012
  • Fairhope Supply Co., “Looking for Tara” blog on November 13, 2012
  • Phi Gamma Delta Magazine, Spring 2013
  • Mary Anne Carroll, “Local Author finds “Grandeur” in Georgia’s lost Antebellum homes, The Oconee Leader, Feb. 7, 2013
  • The University of Georgia Magazine, March 2013 issue