Former citrus magnate’s Winter Haven replica of ‘Gone With The Wind’ plantation Tara is selling for $2.9 million


It's fair to say that fixation on Gone With The Wind, and the antebellum South it romanticized, has fallen out of fashion. Wiping away a false narrative about the chivalry of slaveholders is one thing, but bricks are a little more indelible. That's how we ended up with a replica of the story's famous plantation sitting on the market in Winter Haven.

This Tara-inspired home was once owned by Thomas Swann, a citrus magnate and highly influential community leader in the Winter Haven-area.  Wife Maragaret Swann in particular was instrumental in growing the area hospital and was called the "grand dame of Winter Haven" by The Lakeland Ledger upon her death in 2002. The massive house the couple left behind doesn't skimp on stateliness with a Spanish moss hanging over a long driveway that leads to a house complete oil paintings in the foyer and sweeping staircases.

Out back, the house butts up against Lake Eloise with a pool, a volleyball court and a private dock to enjoy. The 4-bed, 6-bath home is located at 2100 N Lake Eloise Dr with an asking price of $2,895,000.

The listing agent is Jenn Ferlita of Keller Williams Realty.

Photos via Realtor.