Movie lovers who love “Gone With the Wind” will want to visit the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia. The fictional Tara was located in Clayton County, where Jonesboro is the county seat. The Road to Tara contains an extraordinary collection of “Gone With the Wind” movie and book memorabilia. The goal of this Clayton County museum is to preserve both the antebellum heritage of the area as well as one of the greatest movies in cinema history.
“Gone With the Wind“
The book and movie “Gone With the Wind” is based on the heroine Scarlett O’Hara and her family’s mythical plantation, Tara. Margaret Mitchell, author of the Pulitzer winning novel, is said to have based Tara on many of the historical homes she had seen in Clayton County. Today, Clayton County and Jonesboro, Georgia have been designated by the Mitchell Trust and the Georgia State Legislature as the official home of “Gone With the Wind.” The memorabilia museum is located in the historic 1867 Train Depot in downtown Historic Jonesboro. The movie starred Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as the dashing Rhett Butler.
Items on Exhibit at the Road to Tara Museum
At the Road to Tara Museum, visitors will see photographs of the actors and crew of “Gone With the Wind,” as well as reproductions of various “Gone With the Wind” costumes. Also included are rare books and manuscripts and authentic theater posters. On display is a miniature of Tara from the movie and a captivating original mural. The exhibits include Civil War memorabilia, and there is a gift shop onsite where fans of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler can make souvenir purchases.
Planning a Visit to Jonesboro, Georgia
The Road to Tara Museum is located on Main Street in Jonesboro. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. On Saturdays, the museum is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, and is closed on Sundays and major holidays. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for children and senior citizens. The museum is conveniently located off I-75, just below Atlanta. Take Exit 228 and then follow the signs to the Road to Tara Museum.
In conjunction with the museum, there is also an area tour available that explores the region that was the setting for “Gone With the Wind.” It is called the Southern Belles and Whistles Tour. The tour runs daily Monday through Saturday with departure taking place at 11:00 am. The cost is $24.99 per person and includes both the mini bus tour and admission to the Road to Tara Museum.
The tour includes the museum, the Old Jail and History Center, the Warren House, the intersection of Rhett and Scarlett Streets, Ashley Oaks Mansion, Stately Oaks Plantation and much more. Patrons will learn about the citizens of Jonesboro, along with brave men and Southern belles of the past. Information will also be given on the important role that Jonesboro and the railroad played in the Civil War.
Road to Tara Museum, Clayton County CVB, 104 North Main Street; Jonesboro, GA 30236