Turner Wing

  Joseph Addison Turner

Joseph Addison Turner

The Joseph Addison Turner Office & Library wing was dedicated June 14, 2009, and opened to the public June 15, 2009. This representation of Mr. Turner's personal office and library contains a handmade reproduction of the desk Mr. Turner used at Turnwold as well as a small desk made in the workshop on the plantation. Copies of many of Mr. Turner's writings as well as Turner family artifacts and heirlooms are on display. Joseph Addison Turner was a statesman, an educator, a newspaper man, a cotton farmer, a lawyer , and benefactor/mentor of the young Joel Chandler Harris. It was at Turnwold that Joel Chandler Harris first heard the stories he would later compile into the critter tales from people he would give to the world as Uncle Remus.


I don’t think his [Joseph Addison Turner] own children lament him more, or will reminder him longer than the forlorn and friendless boy [referring to himself].
— Joel Chandler Harris