After NYWC, Justin stayed on Monday to take a seminar presented by the Youth Cartel. So that meant I had pretty much the whole day to myself! After some researching, I decided to go to Margaret Mitchell's house. I loved Gone with the Wind (book and movie) and couldn't wait to see what this museum had.But, this meant that I had to drive to midtown Atlanta and navigate those crazy roads by myself. I'm a trooper and made it there even if I passed that museum once, because it was hidden between all these big buildings.
I got here in time for the 10:30 tour, but it was sold out. I started to think to myself that this is pretty popular. I got on the 11 o'clock tour and walked around the neighborhood until it was time to go on the guided tour.
Nevermind about it being packed out.
There were only three people on the tour. And one of them was me. So clearly, that was just a morning rush.The tour was neat. I went into the little apartment that she lived in while writing Gone with the Wind. It was a tiny little place, but cozy. It wasn't her furniture in here, but they tried to replicate it as much as they could.
And of course you can't take pictures in the apartment. So go here on their website and scroll down to look at the pictures.
Which tells me we have come a long way in couches. Couches from 1920's looked so uncomfortable!
Even though we couldn't take pictures inside, I tried to snap a couple of the outside of the apartment. That is the original brick wall and the door to the kitchen. And do you see the icebox sitting outside? It looks like an entertainment center, but really was the fridge of that time!
Some fun facts from the tour:
Scarlett was originally called Pansy in the book.
Hattie Davis who played Mamy couldn't come to the premiere in Atlanta because the theatre was a segregated. She wouldn't have been able to go onto the theatre with the other actors. So David O. Selznick and to change all the movie posters and remove her from them so it wouldn't be obviously that she couldn't come.
It's sad that she could win an Oscar but not sit in the same theatre as her fellow actors.
When the book came out it weighed 3 pounds and cost 3 dollars. By today's standards that means the book would have been around $45 dollars. Remember this was during the depression. And yet it still sold tons of copies. Amazing.
They also had the movie prop of the portrait painting of Scarlett when she was married to Rhett.
And the facade from the door of Tara.
Here I am pretending to open the door.
I'm so glad I did this. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards I did a little shopping and picked Justin up and we drive home for a quick pit stop before we got the kids.