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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Legendary land of 'Gone With The Wind' can now be visited


If you're having out-of-town company soon and want interesting places to take them, go to the Road to Tara Museum in the visitors center in the old train depot in Jonesboro.

A Premier Pass can be purchased allowing one to experience living in the legendary land of "Gone With The Wind." It will admit visitors to five Atlanta area attractions that provide special insight into Margaret Mitchell's quintessential Southern saga.

Three of them are in Jonesboro: Stately Oaks, an 1839 plantation house restored to reflect the way of life of an antebellum planter's family with costumed guides conducting tours Monday through Friday and most Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; a Historical and Hysterical Tour with tours Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m., or by appointment, and the Road to Tara Museum, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also included in the pass is the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in midtown Atlanta, which tells the story of Margaret Mitchell's life, including penning the famous novel in her small apartment here. Daily tours are given from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finally, the pass admits you to one of Atlanta's most famous attractions, the Cyclorama. Here visitors get a broader scope of one of the movie's pivotal scenes and one of the war's most important battles, the Battle of Atlanta. It is one of the world's largest paintings in-the-round. It is open from 9:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Premiere Pass is available for $34.95, plus tax, at the Jonesboro Welcome Center or at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta. The souvenir pass, which is printed with movie scenes, is numbered and contained in a vinyl pouch on a neck chain. It is destined to become a collectible itself for legions of "Gone With The Wind" fans.

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