Jan 02

The Story of Whirlwind


Does this home look familiar? It likely will to any “Gone With the Wind” fans! My current listing at 180 Whirlwind Point was modeled after the “Tara” home.



The majestic colonial pillars make a stately front entrance in both homes.

“Whirlwind” was built by Jake Butcher, infamous East Tennessee banker and 1976 Democratic nominee for governor, for his actress wife Sonya Wilde. When he was found to have committed massive fraud his assets were auctioned off to satisfy his debts, placing his gorgeous home on the public market.


Actress Sonya Wilde in “The Case of the Violent Vest” (1961).


Grand entry and staircase to the Jake Butcher “Whirlwind” mansion


Grand staircase of the “Gone With the Wind” mansion

After transferring hands, the mansion was subdivided into five luxury condos, each with their own unique character.


Here is one of the magnificent common spaces. The modern version needs a little tlc, but the similarities to the original remain.


The Tara house library and fireplace.


Today the home is offered as a single property. It is in need of some TLC, but the backbones of a magnificent mansion and captivating story remain.