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Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square ~ Marietta GA

Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square ~ Marietta GAWhile visiting beautiful Marietta Georgia, GWTW fans must pop into the Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, that documents both the film and the Pulitzer Prize winning novel from 1936 that are so much a part of Atlanta's modern history. The museum is in a beautiful antique brick building, nestled near the Kennesaw House-Marietta Museum of History, just down from the Square, tucked next to the famous rail road tracks.

Historical purists may have a fit. We debated on this particular site, since GWTW is a fictional account of the Civil War era. We decided to include it in our LivingHistorySites.com tour of Atlanta because Gone With The Wind is a huge part of Atlanta's history in the 20th century. We also decided to include it because you never know what may spur an interest in history, a book, a movie, a living history site....we are simply interested in getting families exploring history!

Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square ~ Marietta GAWe popped into the museum on a sweltering day and were immediately enveloped by the cool air conditioning and interior filled with old movie posters, images of Scarlet and Rhett, and a chunk of unusual 20th century pop culture beckoning us beyond. Everywhere you look is Gone With the Wind Memorabilia, starting with the original book in every conceivable language, print style and revision. As we wandered through the museum, the significance of the movie began to dawn. We had no idea how much of an impact it truly had. Newspaper clipping filled the aisles, publicity photos, movie memorabilia, clippings and so much more covering every aspect of the book and film. It was truly a world wide love affair with GWTW. 

The clothing! Yes, so many of us loved Scarlett's clothing, whether it was 100% historically correct or not, it was delightful on screen. You will see Scarlett's beautiful Bengaline Gown, an ivory silk concoction that is truly stunning. Melanie Wilkes' mourning bonnet is there, mounted so you can see the full length of it. There is one sketch of the dress Scarlett made from the curtains and sauntered up to Rhett in. The movie literally comes to life in your head as you walk around the displays, taking in this very different view.

Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square ~ Marietta GAPhotos are everywhere! Photos of Margaret Mitchell, the book, her home, the home she grew up in. Photos of the movie, of the actors and actresses.  There are even cross stitched renderings of Scarlett in the off shoulder dress at the barbecue before war was announced.

In another glass case, Belle Watling's hat and reticule, which have Selznick International's label in them, documenting the scene from the movie. Stuff like this is just neat to see! It is a glimpse into "Hollywood" and movie making of a bygone era. So for the purists, it is movie making history from 1939!

It is truly a fun museum and we wish we hadn't popped in just before closing (it closes at 5pm, so be warned!) Save some cash for the gift section, you will find some terrific Scarlett and Gone With the Wind items on sale.

Living History Sites recommends segueing off the purist path of history and including the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square when you visit the Atlanta area of Georgia! and tell them the people at LivingHistorySites.com sent you 

 

Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square


18 Whitlock Avenue • Marietta, Georgia 30064 • 770-794-5576