Ida Jane Cason (1872-1936)

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Ida Jane Cason (July 16, 1872 - April 10, 1936), a native of Jewell, Taliaferro County, Georgia was an American philanthropist and conservator of "Ferrell Gardens"; wife of textile manufacturer, Fuller Earle Callaway (1870-1928); daughter of Alexander Toombs Cason (1845-1918) and Olivia Pratt Jewell (1849-1921) and sister to Edward Ashley Cason (1870-1897).

Ferrell GardensEdit

First laid out in 1832 as the formal garden at the home of Mickleberry Ferrell (1787-1861) and his wife, Nancy Coleman (1799-1888), "Ferrell Gardens" was expanded in 1841 by the Ferrell's daughter, Sarah Coleman Ferrell (1817-1903) and her husband, a first cousin, Judge and Georgia State Senator, Blount Coleman Ferrell (1816-1908). The two and one-half acre Italian Renaissance and Baroque gardens, then known then as "The Terraces" was purchased in 1912 by Mrs. Callaway and her husband, as the center piece of their three-thousand acre estate "Hills and Dales". Enlarged to five acres under the care of Mr. and Mrs. Callaway, the gardens, thirty-five acres of land and massive Italian styled villa designed by Atlanta architect J. Neel Reid, built by Mr. and Mrs. Callaway, survive today as the foremost example of southern history in southwest Georgia. Originally buried at Hill View Cemetery, Troup County, Georgia, Mrs. Callaway was re-interred in the Callaway Family Cemetery, Troup County, Georgia on the grounds of "Hills and Dales" estate in La Grange.

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