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.
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.
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 Resort & Gardens so the public could enjoy the beauty of this wonderful place as well.
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.