Step Back in Time to the “Official Home of Gone With the Wind” in Jonesboro, Georgia – Saturday, June 11, 2011
Clayton County, Georgia is known as the “Official Home of Gone With the Wind”, a designation the County received from the Mitchell family in 1969 – the fictional plantation, Tara, was was situated there and it was Scarlett O’Hara’s home county – what more fitting place for you to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Gone With the Wind? Located just 30 minutes south of Atlanta, it’s perfect for a visit to celebrate this Pulitzer prize-winning novel!
On Saturday, June 11, 2011, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting a not-to-be-missed event, the “Legendary Tales” tour. “Legendary Tales” is a nostalgic storytelling stroll through the rich and romantic antebellum era that inspired Mitchell’s legendary novel – costumed storytellers are located at multiple stops throughout a long list of historical stops, including the Old Jail, Patrick Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery, Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oakes Plantation, and regale visitors with four tales of real-life inspiration that parallel Jonesboro’s history with the characters and stories written about in Gone With the Wind.
My first visit to Clayton County CVB included a fascinating tour of these very same stops, including stories of some locals who still remember Margaret Mitchell (they were, of course, children at the time) sitting on their front porches, drinking iced tea and discussing the Civil War with their relatives. Later, of course, some of them recognized versions of those stories in her novel, Gone With the Wind. Jonesboro and Clayton County are so full of rich history – both American and military history and literary history, thanks to Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind.
This is a self-guided tour: visitors will be able to tour in their own vehicles at their own pace. Tickets to the event are $20.00 per adult and $10.00 per child (ages 12 and under) and include admission to the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting 770.478.4800 or visiting the Road to Tara Museum (104 N. Main Street, Jonesboro, Georgia. 30236).
If you’re a fan of Gone With the Wind and Atlanta’s history, this is a great way for you to spend the day. Plan to be there all day and experience the “Official Home of Gone With the Wind” to the fullest!