Chasing the Myth of Gone with the Wind in Marietta, Georgia

Everyone who follows me knows that my exploration of the United States goes far beyond the classic itineraries and discovering the big cities. The USA, although relatively young, has a rich history of twists and turns.

At 5 a.m. my alarm rings. It means getting ready to go from Valdosta to Marietta. My suitcases are already packed in the hallway. The driver is waiting at the door and helps with loading the heavy luggage. I sleep a bit after flipping through the guidebook.

Gone With the Wind

This tour starts in the Midtown area of Atlanta, the fascinating capital of Georgia. This area is home to Margaret Mitchell's Tudor-style residence, which has been refurbished several times. It was here that she wrote "Gone With the Wind," the novel that gave her international fame.

As my mind starts painting a picture of a bygone era, my driver announces that we have arrived at Marietta Square. After few minutes of walking, I reach the Gone With the Wind Museum, which contains an impressive number of movie-related objects, photos, costumes, and scripts.

History Beckons

After visiting the lovely museum, we drive to the northwest side of Marietta to reach Kennesaw Mountain, the site of a Civil War battlefield. Kennesaw is the only rocky escarpment in this region and is a popular hiking area. The neighborhood around Kennesaw is dotted with old wooden houses that make for a nice area for walking.

We then visit the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Just to the left of the Wild Man, right on the corner, is a small restaurant that serves a wide selection of Southern cuisine. As I am hungry after the long journey, I quickly go for lunch and order a traditional Southern dish.

From the center, we take a shuttle, which leads to the top of the mountain. We see the Confederate guns still pointing to the North, along with a breathtaking view of Atlanta and the surrounding area.

Our next destination is the small town of Roswell. It is a very pleasant place to walk through the squares.

Eating Out

Chasing the Myth of Gone with the Wind in Marietta, Georgia

Image via Flickr by andrewnprice

In the evening, I am lucky enough to enjoy the jazz orchestras playing under the gazebo in the town square. We stop at one of the several restaurants that offer menus at a low price. We sit down and order pickled okra, fried green tomatoes, and black-eyed pea cakes as appetizers, as well as fried chicken for our main dish.

After the main course, I am already so full that I have to bow politely but defiantly at the waiter's second round of bread. For dessert, we have the classic pecan pie and the peach cobbler. There can be no better end to the day than a cool mint julep.

Time to Sleep

I want to get some rest, but I am traveling without hotel reservations. Unfortunately, the surrounding guesthouses are fully booked. Instead, I book a Marietta hotel online, opting for one in the heart of the city. This turns out to be a great decision.

As I reach my room and lie down, I start thinking of my next destination. Tomorrow, I'll be heading toward Savannah, which is about 300 kilometers from Marietta.

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