By Alison Eden
Ever since Mrs. Schmitz read a passage introducing us to the charming Rhett Butler in 9th grade English class, I have been a lover of Gone with the Wind. I’m sure I’ve read the 1000+ page book at least 10 times.
On a recent road trip around Georgia I convinced my husband to make a stop at the Margaret Mitchell home in Atlanta. A lovely drive along Peachtree Street in charming downtown Atlanta lead us to the three story converted home she lived in while writing Gone with the Wind.
We visited the Atlanta History Center prior to our visit, which included admission to the Margaret Mitchell home – it was an awesome bonus! The home has a gift shop and small museum about Margaret Mitchell’s early career and short life. We took a guided tour of the apartment Mitchell shared with her husband John.
After the tour we ventured next door to an exhibition about the movie Gone with the Wind. Included in the exhibition were set pieces from the movie including the doorway to Tara plantation and, my personal favorite and highlight of the visit, the portrait of Scarlett O’Hara used in the movie.