Enter the stately doors of Swan House and discover a world of culture, commerce, quality, and comfort. Constructed in 1928 at the end of the Jazz Age, the house missed the Depression by mere months. Swan House was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Emily Inman. They built the house for entertaining – we hope you enjoy it, too!
Pause for enamoring mansion views from the Swan House Lawn, stop by to see the classic cars - both luxurious and industrial, then meet the Inman family and travel back in time. Come meet the past!
When exploring the house, you may encounter Edward Hamilton Inman himself, heir to the wealthiest man in Georgia through a cotton brokerage fortune. Mr. Inman, like other people you may meet in the house is quite the character. He'll tell you all about 1920s business, politics – he advises presidents – and racing cars. He can also tell you about his wife, Emily: suffragette and society matriarch, who after Edward's untimely death at 49 runs the house, her own finances, and the family.
The mansion was designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze – you might meet him as well. He keeps his decorative arts collection in the basement. If you run into him in the house, he’ll tell you all about it - just try and stop him. You might also meet Ruby Ross Wood, who decorated the house. Chat with Ruby about her life as a professional woman in the 1930s. She’s sharp, hardnosed, and talkative.
In addition to Philip and Ruby, who are employed by Mr. Inman as design professionals, others work in the house, too. If you would have used the kitchen door, you could discover a world of cleaning, dusting, cooking, polishing, care-taking, washing, and work, work, work. This is the entrance for the maids, butler, gardener, and chauffeur. It's a different definition of “class” – whether you are allowed use the grand circular staircase or must use the back stairs.
When you visit, talk to Grant Carter, the African American chauffeur, who shared a racing seat next to Mr. Inman, but rode up front when driving his employer. Talk to him and the maid, Emma Jean, about their jobs, their lives, their difficulties, and their opportunities – inside and outside the house.
Enjoy your visit, take time to talk to the people in Swan House, soak in all the history, and be sure to take the time to explore the house’s four floors.