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The Tate House, a.k.a. The Pink Palace, in Tate, Georgia has so much history and character that I had to give it a second look. I recently made a trek from Dallas (GA) to Dawsonville (GA) and it took me right past the Tate House. You will definitely do a double-take if you happen to be driving down Georgia state route 53 through Tate. There’s no way that you can miss it. I’m talking about a huge, old mansion constructed of very rare pink Etowah marble and solid granite blocks!
I was told that the gardens on the left side of the home were created in an Italian theme and the gardens on the right side were created in an English theme. The Italian side, to me, looks more Greek than Italian but I’m no expert on either subject.
If you have the time (and a high speed connection), I invite you to take a look at my photos of the exterior of the Tate House. It is a truly unique home simply because the vein of Etowah marble from the quarry (on the property behind the home) is exhausted and there is no more to be mined anywhere on the planet.
This post is meant to be more of a photographic tour of the exterior of the home and the grounds surrounding it, rather than a written piece. The Tate House is privately owned now and when I knocked on the door, I was pleasantly greeted by a young lady. I told her that I simply wanted to take some photos of the house and she readily offered the exterior of the home and grounds for my photographic enjoyment. Good enough for me, although I had been hoping for an inside look, as well. That opportunity is reserved for patrons with large parties (e.g. weddings, reunions, corporate outings) that rent out most, or all, of the 9 exclusive cabins on the property during their stay.
I’ve left the photo tour in the same order as the pictures were taken as I walked around the mansion counter-clockwise, starting at the right side entrance. So imagine yourself in my footsteps as I look left and right, finding what is appealing, encircling the Tate property immediately adjacent to the house.
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There is an engraved excerpt on the open-air Grecian stoa from poet Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney’s 1913 poem God’s Garden which reads:
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
Follow this link to read more about the history of the home from my first post about this extraordinary home.
See the Tate House decorated for Christmas.
I would like to thank the owners of The Tate House for allowing me the opportunity to take these photos and share them on the web. You may go to The Tate House website for reservations and information.
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