Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gone With the Wind Trail

Today, June 30, is the anniversary of the publication of Gone With the Wind, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Atlanta-born Margaret Mitchell

To mark the occasion, I'm going to write about each of the five main attractions on the Gone With the Wind Trail—a brilliant collection of all things Gone With the Wind in or near Atlanta.

So, all you Windies, get ready for full week of some Gone With the Wind fun! Blog posts you can look forward this week, include: 

Road to Tara Museum
Jonesboro, Georgia

An amazing Gone With the Wind collection in a museum set in the area where Tara would have been located, Clayton County.

Historic Oakland Cemetery
Atlanta, Georgia (Southeast of Downtown)

Beautiful Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of thousands of Confederate soldiers and many famous Atlantan's, including Gone With the Wind author, Margaret Mitchell.

Atlanta Fulton County Public Library 
Atlanta, Georgia (Downtown)

Central Library has on the 5th Floor a modest, but impressive exhibit featuring rare photographs and artifacts, many of which cannot be seen anywhere else.

Margaret Mitchell House
Atlanta, Georgia (Midtown)

This Midtown home was where Margaret Mitchell wrote approximately 90% of Gone With the Wind. She and her husband 'fondly' referred to their apartment as "The Dump."

Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square
Marietta, Georgia

Home of Scarlett's Bengaline honeymoon gown—the real dress, the one that Vivien Leigh wore in the film, the Marietta Gone With the Wind Musuem is phenomenal. I also had the great honor of interviewing the executive director of the Museum.

There are a few other recommendations, beyond the five main ones, noted by the Gone Wit the Wind Trail about which I'll also write, sometime soon. Those include: the Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Cyclorama & Museum, Stately Oaks Plantation, and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Update: Here are the links to my posts of the top five "Gone With the Wind Trail" destinations:


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