History

Open since 1952, Callaway Resort & 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 visit.

Each Callaway family member had an interesting role in either the creation of Callaway Resort & Gardens or the fulfillment of Cason and Virginia’s mission. Explore below to see how the story came together.

 


Cason J. Callaway

In addition to founding Callaway Resort & Gardens with his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway, Cason J. Callaway made a significant impact in textiles and agriculture, and as a civic leader.

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Virginia Hand Callaway

Co-founder Virginia Hand Callaway held a lifelong fascination with horticulture. Her passionate vision endures today in the year-round beauty of the Gardens.

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Fuller E. Callaway

Cason Callaway's father, Fuller Earle Callaway, built a fortune in the textiles industry on hard work, integrity, intelligence and wit.

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Ida Cason Callaway

Ida Jane Cason married the ambitious merchant Fuller Callaway at age 19 and established a satisfying life as a homemaker, wife, and mother.

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The Callaway Brothers

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.

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Blue Springs Farm

The surroundings of Cason and Virginia Callaway's Harris County home, Blue Springs, inspired them to create Callaway Resort & Gardens so the public could enjoy the beauty of this wonderful place as well.

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Timeline

From Cason and Virginia Callaway's home life to the beauty of Callaway Resort & Gardens today, follow the story of this influential Georgia family and the beautiful destination they created.

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Explore All of Callaway

Beach & Water Sports

Swimming, Sunbathing, Paddle boarding, and More on Robin Lake

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TreeTop Adventure

Climb and zip through the trees on this fun forest course

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Mega Bugs

These colossal crawlers are taking over Callaway Gardens

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Birds of Prey Shows

Discover the strength, speed, and beauty of these magnificent creatures

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Hiking & Biking Trails

Explore Callaway’s 2,500 acres by foot or by bicycle

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Balloon Festival

Watch beautiful balloons aglow at this annual event

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Summer Circus Series

The oldest traveling circus show perform with an array of spectacular talents

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July 4th Weekend Star Spangled Beach Party

All-Out, All-American Celebration!

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