Callaway Gardens History

Open since 1952, Callaway Gardens is nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founders Cason and Virginia Callaway longed for a place where man and nature could abide together for the good of both. More than six decades later, their retreat continues to offer solace, inspiration and discovery for all who come here.

In addition to founding Callaway Gardens with his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway, Cason J. Callaway made a significant impact in textiles and agriculture, and as a civic leader.
Co-founder Virginia Hand Callaway held a lifelong fascination with horticulture. Her passionate vision endures today in the year-round beauty of the Gardens.
Cason Callaway's father, Fuller Earle Callaway, built a fortune in the textiles industry on hard work, integrity, intelligence and wit.
Ida Jane Cason married the ambitious merchant Fuller Callaway at age 19 and established a satisfying life as a homemaker, wife and mother.
Half-brothers Fuller Earle Callaway Sr., and Ely Reeves Callaway Sr., were sons of the Reverend Abner Reeves Callaway, a Baptist minister, teacher and farmer. The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl was funded by Ely Callaway’s son, Ely Jr.
The surroundings of Cason and Virginia Callaway's Harris County home, Blue Springs, inspired them to create Callaway Gardens so the public could enjoy this wonderful land as well.
From Cason and Virginia Callaway's home life to the beauty of Callaway Gardens today, follow the story of this influential Georgia family and resort destination.