Nestled into the Southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Callaway Gardens exists “to connect man and nature in a way that benefits both.”
Right from the beginning, Cason J. Callaway and his wife, Virginia, felt a connection with this land. In 1930, two years after picnicking with friends beside a sparkling blue pond in Harris County, Georgia, they acquired 2,500 acres on which they would soon make their home. Over the next two decades, they expanded their holdings, their love of the surroundings grew, and they began to think their treasure needed to be shared beyond immediate friends and family.
Connect man and nature
In the late 1940s, the development of Callaway Gardens began in earnest, and on May 21, 1952, the Gardens opened to the public. Since that time, millions of visitors have found respite for the weary, recreation for the restless and adventure for all ages. Nestled into the Southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Callaway Gardens exists “to connect man and nature in a way that benefits both.” That mission is realized, when, for example, visitors breathe in the sweet aroma of magnolias, stand face to face with a great horned owl, or marvel at a sea of brilliant azaleas. These and numerous other encounters are everyday occurrences at Callaway Gardens, and a collection of fascinating indoor and outdoor attractions helps make it all possible.