Atlanta’s Robert Burns Cottage

Did you know that the only replica of Robert Burns’ house in Scotland is located in Atlanta – and that it’s been here since 1911?

In the late 1800s, Robert Burns was a lot more popular than he is today. The Burns Club of Atlanta was the 58th such club to be established worldwide, with dozens more formed later.

Who would’ve guessed that The Burns Club of Atlanta is the city’s oldest surviving literary institution?

The “clubhouse” is located in East Atlanta’s Ormewood Park neighborhood. It’s not open to the public, but it’s still being used for the club’s monthly meetings. (Club membership is limited to a hundred people – which is as many as the clubhouse can accommodate at once.)

Another interesting factoid: the Burns Cottage was built on property bought by one of the Club’s co-founders, Joseph Jacobs – the same guy whose drug store introduced Coca-Cola to the world.

For more information about the Club and its clubhouse, you can read (among other things) Georgia Tech professor Nick Marino’s account of his December 2009 guided tour; Frank R. Shaw’s essay; the profile posted by the National Park Service (the Burns Cottage is on the U.S. Historic Register); and/or the Wikipedia entry.

The photo above was taken by Ken Alpern, who posted it to The Atlanta Time Machine.

 

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