Follow the path of brave men and Southern Belles on this historical journey through Jonesboro. The Southern Belles and Whistles Tour highlights more than 100 years of history and heritage in the Official Home of Gone With The Wind and allows you to hear the captivating stories behind Jonesboro’s historic district. Some of the sites on this mini-bus tour include:
Immerse yourself in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind on this tour that explores the details of the book and Margaret Mitchell’s unique ties to Jonesboro. You get the inside scoop behind Margaret Mitchell and the Fitzgerald family, why Gone With The Wind was set in Jonesboro, and the historical significance of the Battle of Jonesboro. This tour includes:
• The Road to Tara Museum—stroll among Gone With The Wind costume
reproductions, original movie props, an international library and unique
Hollywood and historic memorabilia
• The Old Jail / History Center—take your photo in the cell of this original
1800s-era county jail, which now houses the Clayton County History Center
(exclusive to the Southern Belles and Whistles Tour)
• The Patrick Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery—walk among
the mass grave containing more than 600 fallen Confederate soldiers.
• The Warren House—as the tour passes this historic home, site of some of
the heaviest fighting in the Battle of Jonesboro, imagine what it was like
when the house itself served first as a hospital for the Confederate and
• The intersection of Rhett Butler and Scarlett Drive
• Ashley Oaks Mansion—as your narrator points out to you this 1880 home,
marvel at the sheer number of locally-made bricks— over one million!—that
it took to build this home
• Stately Oaks Plantation—you’ll pass the 1839 restored house museum,
outbuildings and entire seven-acre Margaret Mitchell Memorial Park.
A great place to visit. Open daily for tours.
• A brief stop outside the Warren House, where the names and sentiments of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Jonesboro were found written on the plaster walls throughout the house, attracting the attention of a young news reporter, Margaret Mitchell
• A walk through the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery
• Glimpse the fireplace chimney that was once on the grounds of the Fitzgerald home outside of Jonesboro, Margaret Mitchell’s maternal family home
• An account of how Margaret Mitchell’s family had connections to John Henry
Holliday, better known as “Doc” Holliday of Tombstone, Arizona fame.
• Stories about the real-life inspirations for such GWTW characters as Melanie Hamilton, Ashley Wilkes, Gerald O’Hara, Frank Kennedy, and Prissy
• True stories, tales and legends of the places in Jonesboro that were impacted
by the Battle of Jonesboro and how Margaret Mitchell wove those places into
her epic story