Gone With The Wind and the Civil War
Housing the personal collection of Dr. Christopher Sullivan, the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square features hundreds of artifacts and pieces of memorabilia, including the original Bengaline Honeymoon Gown worn by Vivien Leigh in her role as Scarlett O'Hara. While you're in town, visit the Marietta National Cemetery, where more than 10,000 Union soldiers are buried on 23 lush acres.
Lunch Option #1: Serving Southern staples for more than 65 years, Mary Mac's Tea Room is a landmark Midtown eatery. The destination for a mix of Atlanta faithfuls, Mary Mac's offers entrees such as chicken and dumplings, country fried steak, grilled whole catfish, sweet potato soufflé and fried green tomatoes.
Lunch Option #2: The Swan Coach House, located on the campus of The Atlanta History Center, has been the home base for cherished wedding and baby showers, birthday celebrations and special gatherings where women of all ages chat and enjoy the signature Swan's Favorite - chicken salad in a pastry timbale, cheese straw and frozen fruit salad.
The Atlanta History Center features two historic houses, signature exhibits and "Turning Point: The American Civil War," the largest collection of Civil War memorabilia in the world. In addition to hundreds of pieces, this exhibit also explores the human and economic sides of the conflict, as well as the residual effects in today's world.
Also affiliated with the Atlanta History Center is the Margaret Mitchell House or "The Dump," as its namesake lovingly called her Midtown apartment. The museum includes the restored rooms where most of "Gone With the Wind" was penned, complete with Mitchell's writing desk, period furnishings and original leaded glass windows. Take a guided tour through the cinematic "Gone With the Wind" movie exhibition and explore the life of Mitchell.
Historic Oakland Cemetery is home to more than 70,000 souls and a trove of enthralling tales. It is also the final resting place of more than 3,000 Confederate soldiers and 16 Union soldiers, as well as Margaret Mitchell. The cemetery offers guided and self-guided tours each day.
Nearby, the Atlanta Cyclorama is home to the world's largest oil painting of the Civil War, depicting "The Battle of Atlanta". In addition to housing one of three remaining rotating theaters, this Civil War Museum features memorabilia and the locomotive "Texas" as well as period paintings and photographs.
Dinner Option #1: The Gone With the Wind themed Pittypat's Porch has been serving old Southern charm for more than 40 years. Dishes include Aunt Pittypat's Fried Chicken, Rhett's Mixed Grill and, of course, Georgia Peach Cobbler. Pittypat's Porch now also serves lunch which can be enjoyed from the restaurant's new outdoor porch on both levels.
Dinner Option #2: For simple yet sophisticated dining, head to Livingston Restaurant + Bar at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Tucked beneath the grand staircase in the hotel where Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable and Margaret Mitchell attended the after-party for the Atlanta premiere of "Gone With the Wind," Livingston features a menu of sumptuous seasonal flavors and hand-crafted cocktails.
Other places of interest in and around Atlanta:
Visit Stone Mountain Park (Stone Mountain) for a view of the faces of Confederate heroes Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, which are carved into the world's largest exposed piece of granite. The park also houses an antebellum plantation, composed of original buildings built between 1790 and 1845, representing an authentic pre-Civil War Georgia experience.
The Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library (downtown branch) houses a permanent Margaret Mitchell exhibit on the fifth floor. Across the street is a monument dedicated to Atlanta's most famous author.
"Gone With the Wind" - The Tour (Jonesboro) is a 60-minute tour of the "Gone With the Wind" Historic District, featuring the "real" stories behind the novel, including costumed step-on guides.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Kennesaw) is the site of the June 27, 1864 battle where the Confederate Army soundly defeated the Union Army.
The Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Memorial Cemetery (Jonesboro) is the final resting place of Confederate soldiers who fell during the Battle of Jonesboro. The defeat resulted in the capture of Atlanta by General William Tecumseh Sherman.
Rhodes Hall (Midtown) is nicknamed "The Castle on Peachtree" and features nine stained glass windows entitled "The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy."
The Road to Tara Museum & Gift Shop (Jonesboro) exhibits a collection of Margaret Mitchell's china, as well as original props, costume reproductions, collectible plates, a foreign edition library and an extensive photo gallery.
Smith Plantation Home (Roswell) is an 1845 antebellum home that features fully functioning outbuildings including a cookhouse, carriage house, barn and sharecroppers cabin. Bulloch Hall, also in Roswell, is the 1839 childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, who later married Theodore Roosevelt in 1853 in this house.
The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (Duluth) highlights the story of a Confederate conductor who chases his stolen "General" locomotive from Atlanta to Chattanooga. It also exhibits more than 50,000 Civil War and railroad artifacts.
At the Stately Oaks Historic Home & Plantation Community (Jonesboro), antebellum ladies and gents guide tours of this 1839 home and its grounds, including a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin and country store.
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