The Waving Girl, Georgia’s Official Greeter ©Author Adventures

Georgia’s renowned peach trees, fried pickles, porch-side storytellers, and mineral-rich red soil make it a standout vacation destination. Add to that its lasting literary heritage and your trip will create memories unlike anywhere else you have traveled. 

Margaret Mitchell Home, Atlanta ©Author Adventures

While Atlanta offers many literary landmarks, such as the Margaret Mitchell House, the King Center, and the Carter Center, historic Savannah is the home of a popular literary festival and where our literary trail begins, ending in Plains. 

Savannah’s Mercer House, also known as the setting of the crime in John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” Savannah ©Author Adventures

While in Savannah, visit the Savannah Historical Museum to learn about the distinct multi-cultural background of the city since its founding. We also recommend a stop at the historic Pirates’ House for lunch or dinner, a family-friendly restaurant with a Southern-style buffet and gift shop that is linked to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island.

Most of all, don’t miss the Juliette Gordon Low house and the childhood home of Flannery O’Connor.

For those interested in more rural finds, we recommend the Alice Walker and Jimmy Carter literary landmarks.

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A. Juliette Gordon Low, Savannah
B. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Savannah
C. Flannery O’Connor Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville
D. Alice Walker, Eatonton
E. Margaret Mitchell, Atlanta
F. Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta
G. Joel Chandler Harris, Atlanta
H. Jimmy Carter, Atlanta
I and J. Carson McCullers Childhood Home and Erskine Caldwell Museum, Columbus and Moreland
K. Jimmy Carter, Plains

Georgia has brought about authors of some of the most read books of the 19th and 20th centuries. After you get an overall idea of the literary landscape in Georgia through the Georgia Literary Map of the Georgia Center for the Book, check our pages for the sites we selected for the Georgia Author Adventures Trail: