We enjoyed visiting the Margaret Mitchell House on a rainy day in May, after reading the book as a family the summer before. Apart from questions about little Wade, who occasionally goes missing without much explanation, the book worked well as a family read.
The tour is conducted by very knowledgeable guides. When you see the room where Margaret Mitchell wrote the Civil War classic Gone With the Wind, her typewriter, and then discover the parallels between her life and Scarlett’s, you leave with a deeper understanding of the story. Hands-on activities, like typing on a vintage typewriter, await you before you leave. Read about the Pulitzer Prize-winning author here: britannica.com
The Margaret Mitchell House has an excellent gift shop. Allow plenty of time to notice the little things. Remember that purchases at literary landmarks help them stay open. Surrounded by contemporary skyscrapers, this landmark is a standout symbol of history.
You can also visit the Gone With the Wind Museum next-door and see original iconic elements of the film.
Gone With the Wind is, in some ways, a response to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Read about Harriet Beecher Stowe and her most famous book through our Connecticut and Ohio pages about the author.
This is the fifth stop on our Georgia Trail!