For lovers of Margaret Mitchell’s one and only novel — the epic narrative which became an American classic movie — Jonesboro, GA is a place you will want to put on your must-visit list. Jonesboro fully embraces the emphasis on the movie, as seen in this mural painted across the street from the railroad tracks.
Housed in the town’s 1867 Historic Train Depot, the Road to Tara Museum will inform and entertain you while reminding you of iconic scenes from “Gone With the Wind.” The Road to Tara Museum originally resided in Atlanta, but the Clayton County Tourism Authority purchased everything in it in 2000 and moved it to Jonesboro.
Fittingly, the Road to Tara Museum provides a look at the historical significance of the Battle of Jonesboro which took place over a two day period in the summer of 1864. When Jonesboro fell and the supply rail lines were cut, the path to Atlanta was straight for the Union troops, and Sherman could carry out his destructive “March to the Sea.” Margaret Mitchell was able to weave the story of that battle and more into her novel after hearing them when she visited her great-grandparents’ home in Clayton County during her childhood years.
Memorabilia from the movie’s 1939 premiere in Atlanta adorn the walls, and many artifacts, including costumes worn by the actors and actresses, are preserved and on display.
While you’re in the vicinity, be sure to schedule visits to Arts Clayton Gallery about a block away and Stately Oaks Plantation within a short drive. And, if you’re in the mood for a splurge, book a spa treatment at Scarlett’s Retreat Day Spa and Boutique in nearby McDonough.