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Civil War on the Road to Tara

Opening to the public for Labor Day weekend, the Road to Tara Museum’s Civil War exhibit expansion tells the story of the Atlanta Campaign. 

Clayton County Georgia, the “home of Gone With the Wind,” and the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro are the place to experience the Civil War during Scarlett and Rhett’s time. What used to be a portion of the museum has now grown to two rooms dedicated to the commemoration and remembrance of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Jonesboro.

Union-UniformThe opening of the expansion coincides with the final year of the Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The newly expanded area of the museum includes a hand-created diorama depicting the final day of the Battle of Jonesboro and authentic artifacts and stories of people who died in the battle. The Civil War exhibit also allows visitors to see the real history before stepping into the rest of the museum, which focuses on  Hollywood’s and Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind.”

“The expanded exhibits at the Road to Tara museum in Jonesboro come at a terrific time,” says Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “As America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and, in particular, of the Atlanta Campaign, this new exhibit tells stories that will enable visitors to more fully understand the impact that the Civil War had on our state.”

Danielle Conroy with the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau adds, “This gives visitors the chance to take in more of the actual history of the area and its people before stepping into the fictional history of ‘Gone With The Wind’.”

The expanded Civil War exhibit opens August 30. The Road To Tara Museum is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and children. The last tickets to the museum are sold 45 minutes before closing.

Want to make it a full tour? Visit or spend the night at Margaret Mitchell’s Twelve Oaks, the inspiration for Ashley Wilkes’ home in “Gone with the Wind,” before hitting Georgia’s official Gone with the Wind Trail. 

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