Ghosts of Grandeur Book

Ghosts of Grandeur Book

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Author Michael Kitchens notes in the introduction to Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations that “across the globe, cultures are known, at least partially, by their architecture,” and in the American South that means “column-bedecked plantation manors” (14). At one time there were an estimated 50,000 plantation houses of the type chronicled in this book scattered across the antebellum South. So ubiquitous were they that they seem to have been almost taken for granted as a seemingly inexhaustible cultural heritage resource. It is alarming, then, to realize just how few actually remain standing and how threatened are those extant. Ghosts of Grandeur attempts to make a timely plea for preservation of these homes via a touching reflection on what has already been lost in the state of Georgia.