GONE WITH THE WIND TRAIL DEBUTS
By Doc Lawrence
The sights and sounds of Atlanta during the Civil War and Reconstruction are “told” through the eyes of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler at Scarlett on the Square in the lovely city of Marietta just north of Atlanta. The Margaret Mitchell House facing Atlanta’s Peachtree Street is where Ms. Mitchell, a Pulitzer Prize winner, wrote her novel containing the much-quoted phrase, "Tomorrow is another day". Margaret Mitchell, who died as a result of injuries suffered when struck by a taxi on her beloved Peachtree Street, is buried in hauntingly beautiful Oakland Cemetery, a stone’s throw from the Atlanta Cyclorama depicting the July 1864.Battle of Atlanta.
The Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro south of Atlanta is an important destination on the trail and is near the site of Tara, Scarlett’s plantation home.
The Trail directs visitors to The Atlanta Fulton County Public Library housing one of the most extensive collections of Margaret Mitchell's photographs, books and personal items, along with her Remington typewriter.
The Atlanta History Center located in fashionable Buckhead is near top-rated restaurants and easily fills a day for visitors eager to learn more about Margaret Mitchell, the romantic characters she created and the tumultuous events during and after the Civil War. Other nearby attractions on or near the trail include the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Decatur’s Mary Gay House (Ms. Gay’s book, Life in Dixie During the War, was a guidepost for Ms. Mitchell’s historical references) and Stone Mountain Park, a spectacular family friendly facility with a museum, campgrounds, hiking trails and other outdoor recreation, historic mansions and the carving of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
For more information: www.gwtwtrail.com
After a few exciting days in Atlanta, consider a drive along East Tennessee’s Moonshine Trail. Vacation details at http://www.winesdownsouth.com/dine_with_doc/Dining_W_Davy_Crockett/Dining_in_TN.pdf