Don’t worry about revealing your secret life as a history buff as you hop on board to learn everything there is to know about the writing of Gone With the Wind - we’ve always had a thing for smarty pants. And did we mention the whole thing is hosted by Margaret Mitchell herself?
This just in: loving Atlanta history doesn’t make you a nerd. Nope, in fact, being a smarty pants is pretty darn attractive, and folks who love learning about their fair city are some of the coolest people we know. So the Gone with the Wind Tour lead by Atlanta Movie Tours is the perfect way to learn about Civil War and Reconstruction history, as well as getting a glimpse into the writing of Gone With The Wind and how much it affected Atlanta and the state of Georgia (hint: it was a lot). And how could we forget our heroine, tour leader Margaret Mitchell herself? Wait, Margaret Mitchell is leading the tour? “Sorcery!” you say. How can a woman who’s been dead for more than 60 years lead a tour? Well, she can’t. But they do have a perfect doppelganger playing the part to a tee, complete with a racy edginess camouflaged by a prim and proper outer appearance. We’d venture to say she’s the star of the show on this movie tour.
The tour begins at Atlanta Movie Tour’s HQ in Castleberry Hill where you’ll hop on the bus and start sipping the most southern of libations- a sweet tea vodka cocktail. From there you’ll wind through the city learning about Margaret Mitchell and how she wrote Gone With The Wind, how it was turned into a movie, and how it all fit together in Atlanta. You’ll make stops at several locations, including the Atlanta library downtown, where they have Margaret Mitchell’s typewriter, her first draft of the manuscript and many more relics from her life as she set to paper the life and times of Scarlett O’Hara. You’ll stop at the Margaret Mitchell House and retrace the steps of the author as she wrote the novel, and see other landmarks that influenced the movie. And before you go thinking this all about watching from the bus window, don’t worry- you’ll be getting out and exploring at all the stops, including at Oakland Cemetery, where Margaret was buried. Yes, Georgia history scholars and students will be giddy with excitement, but for all you cool kids, there's no need to shy away from history, especially when it’s right here in our own city.