Did you ever wonder where “Gone with the Wind” was filmed and what house they really used they called Tara?
In the early 1900’s, a Wall Street financier named William Fuller decided to build a country estate on an expanse of property that spanned from the water line of the Hudson River to the top of a beautiful hill in Briarcliff Manor, NY. The estate would be his home for retirement—place where he would devote his time to family, farming, and elegant country living. He named the estate “Haymount” after the town in North Carolina where he was born.Over the years, Haymount enjoyed a colorful history. The estate was profiled in a variety of architectural magazines.
The Haymount house in Briarcliff Manor, NY was used for the cotton plantation in Georgia that was named “Tara” in scenes from the 1939 American classic film “Gone with the Wind,” which is supposed to be set in the 19th-century American South. The film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara played by Viven Leigh, and her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Haviland), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of white Southerners.
This then was even home to a Dutch industrialist named Bernard Van Leer who lived on the property with members (both human and animal!) of the Holland Classical Circus. A fire famously occurred near the stables where Van Leer kept four world-famous elephants. The elephants survived…but the east wing of Haymount did not! The west wing was later torn down to retain symmetry. The house still had the original fireplaces with original painted pictures.
Fast forward to today. After fifty years as a French restaurant, and quite a few years in disrepair, Haymount—which we now like to call “Haymount House”—has been restored to her original splendor. In our restorations, we made sure to allow the original architectural details like marble fireplaces and wrought iron doors to speak for themselves and flow seamlessly into our classic yet modern design.
In April 2012, Haymount House opened as a gracious celebrations venue and a farm to table restaurant, which is now called Hudson at Haymount House.