Clayton County, Georgia is located just 15 miles south of Atlanta. Here, visitors will fi nd the small town charm and southern hospitality that they expect. Whether its the convenience of being a few miles from the world’s busiest airport, the excitement of the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the lure of antebellum homes and museums, the history of Stately Oaks Plantation or the heritage at the State and National Archives - Clayton County, Georgia is Atlanta’s True South!
75th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind - 2014 marks the 75th anniversary for Gone With the Wind, the film that took the world by storm in 1939. In late 2013, the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Road to Tara Museum welcomed the addition of a new exhibit and an expansion of another one. On December 15th, 1939, the night of the premiere, the streets of Atlanta were lined with fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors and actresses. The building across the street fromt the Loews’s Grand Theater, the Richardson Building, displayed four character portraits of the main characters: Rhett, Scarlett, Melanie and Ashley. Luckily these four portraits were saved and later discovered by Gone With the Wind collector Herb Bridges in the Loew’s Grand Theater before it burned. These four portraits are now displayed in the Road to Tara Museum. An expanded exhibit is dedicated to Ann Rutherford and her beloved character, Carreen O’Hara. Signed memorabilia from the Gone With the Wind cast, Walter Plunkett’s sketch for Carreen’s Greek key dress and limited edition items now fi ll the exhibit. There will be events throughout 2014 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary.
150th Anniversary of the Civil War - The Batttle of Jonesboro took place August 31st - September 1st, 1864. It was a fi erce two-day battle fought over the last rail lines running into Atlanta. The Union forces were able to defeat the Confederates and cut the rail lines which led to the fall of Atlanta. This was the start of Sherman’s March to the Sea. To commemorate the 150th Anniversary, the Road to Tara Museum opened a new exhibit on the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign and Battle of Jonesboro featuring local people, homes and stories. On Saturday August 30, 2014, local historian Peter Bonner will lead a Civil War storytelling event, “3 Deep in the Yard...The Pivotal Battle of Jonesboro” in the Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery.
2014 Georgia Travel Guide Cover - In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind, Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara are featured on the cover of the 2014 Georgia Travel Guide. These photos were taken in front of Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia. Stately Oaks Plantation was chosen because it is an original 1839 planter’s home located in the Offi cial Home of Gone With the Wind.
Gone With the Wind Trail - The Gone With the Wind Trail is a state designated trail for visitors to follow, linking sites dedicated to Margaret Mitchell, her world-renowned novel and the film. Featured sites include Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum, Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta Fulton County Public Library and Oakland Cemetery and the Road To Tara Museuem.
Danielle Conroy, Director of Marketing & Communications
Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau ~ Jonesboro, Georgia
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