Atlanta…This great city evokes scores of images, from Coca-Cola to the 1996 Olympics and the Atlanta Braves. But as a child, the first thought that Atlanta always brought to mind for me and I’m sure many others was about the movie “Gone with the Wind.” It should not be surprising, then, that one of the first places I ran to on my trip to Atlanta was the Road to Tara Museum.
This museum, located in a little train depot in Jonesboro, is a little girl’s paradise and has taken great strides to live up to all that Margaret Mitchell’s epic story meant for the history of cinema and the impact it has had on children and adults alike for years. For anyone who is interested in exploring the museum and learning more about the Old South during the Civil War, this is a great place to start. You will also discover some lesser known facts about Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning book that the movie is based on.
One of my favorite displays was of some of the dresses that the main character Scarlett O’Hara wore in the movie. Although they are reproductions, they bare such a striking resemblance to the originals that you would never know the difference. There is also an area that showcases some of the remaining relics from the movie premiere at what was once the Loew’s Theatre.
For anyone who is a mega-fan like I am and wants to soak up as much as they can about the movie and visit some of the areas it was shot in, there is a tour package called the Southern Belles & Whistles which takes you all around the streets of historic Jonesboro and gets you into the museum to see some of the most recognizable props from the movie. You also get a chance to get your hands on some of the keepsakes that you have always wanted to own but didn’t know where to buy. Behind the scenes photos and miniature versions of Tara will hold your interest from the moment you enter the museum until you take your last step out.
As an added bonus – because, really, the museum is more than enough to satisfy on its own – you have the chance to take a mini-bus tour that stops at Cleburne Confederate Cemetery, Warren House, and Stately Oaks Plantation. Interestingly enough, you will also ride through the intersection of Rhett and Scarlett Streets, which the biggest fans of the story will appreciate.
Just in case you haven’t been to Atlanta before, or it’s been a while since you’ve visited, Atlanta Tours is a great resource to steer you in the direction of something that will meet your interests. They are definitely up to the task. While you’re brainstorming about your trip, keep the Atlanta City Pass in mind for your visits to places like the zoo and aquarium.
Check out some other things to do while in Atlanta from our friends at Uptake.