Ever since I first visited The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, I’ve been reluctant to write this post because I am afraid I can’t do it justice. But fiddle-dee-dee, the time has come!
You don’t have to be a Windie (yes, that’s really the nickname for Gone with the Wind fans!) to appreciate all the The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum has to offer. With an extensive collection of memorabilia provided by Dr. Christopher Sullivan, a lifelong fan and GWTW afficionado, including only a handful of pieces that are not his, Scarlett on the Square provides a peek into the world of the famous novel-turned-feature film that you can’t get anywhere else.
Housed just off Historic Marietta Square in the Old Thomas Warehouse Building, the Museum has all of the pieces you would expect – such as original posters, international copies of the book in countless languages, movie still photos, signed memorabilia, newspaper articles about everything from the movie premiere to Margaret Mitchell’s tragic death, and even some of Ms. Mitchell’s personal copies of the book – and then so much that you don’t expect! A few prize pieces include the original Bengaline honeymoon gown (pictured, right) worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie (it’s still absolutely gorgeous in person – and gives you a glimpse at how tiny Ms. Leigh really was!), the personal script belonging to Ona Munson, who played Belle Watling, and the locket worn in the film by actress Ann Rutherford (who played Scarlett’s younger sister Careen) which she later sent to Dr. Sullivan as a gift. There’s so much more – but I don’t want to ruin all the surprises for you!
Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, closed on Sundays. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors & students (with valid ID), $5 for groups of 15 or more, and $4 for student groups of 15 or more.
The collection is breathtaking and extensive – prepare to spend hours taking it all in. Allow yourself to get lost in the world of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-winning movie, to drift away to the romance, tragedy and triumph of Scarlett O’Hara.
Here’s a GREAT DEAL! You can enjoy FREE admission today only – Saturday, January 15, 2011 – plan to attend tonight’s screening of Gone with the Wind at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Historic Marietta Square, buy your ticket online and show it at the Museum today for FREE admission! This offer is only good today, so plan to make a day of it – explore the museum and then get lost in the beauty of Scarlett’s Atlanta on the big screen!
WHERE: The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square – 18 Whitlock Avenue • Marietta, Georgia 30064