Thursday, July 19, 2012



 By Doc Lawrence

ATLANTA - The first and only Gone With the Wind Trail is up and running in and around Atlanta with prominent stops along the way allowing visitors from the four corners to explore the home and literary setting of the classic book and beloved movie. The importance of the heralded trail to those searching for signs of Rhett, Scarlett, Melanie and Ashley is underscored by access to well-curated museums, acclaimed collections and exhibitions and highly popular parks all connected by history and colorful folklore.

Several stops encourage research not available in other Southern cities. And in between destinations, visitors will find some of the best shopping and finest restaurants in the country.

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 Mitchell’s historical references) and Stone Mountain Park, a spectacular family friendly facility with a museum, campgrounds, hiking trails and other outdoor recreation, historic mansions and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.

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After a few exciting days in Atlanta, consider a drive along East Tennessee’s Moonshine Trail. Vacation details at


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