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Margaret Mitchell House

We enjoyed visiting the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta 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.

Mitchells typewriter
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The tour at 979 Crescent Avenue NE 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:

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.

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The Museum Next-Door

You can also visit the Gone With the Wind Museum next-door and see original iconic elements of the film on screen as well as copies of the screenplay. Portraits of the leads that appeared in the film are hung at the museum as well, including the one Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) through his drink at during a pivotal scene.

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.

Atlanta has a population of approximately 550,000 (about double the number in Mitchell’s day) and more than 5 million residents in its greater metropolitan area.

This is the fifth stop on our Georgia Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart