What a packed full day we had today. From bright and early walking around the grounds of twelve oaks and checking out the neighbors. I am in love with the house next door which incidentally is on the market for 1.475 million
Breakfast was tasty with a cup full of eggs mixed with havarti cheese and chives followed by stuffed French toast and a sausage. This would fortify us for a long day of touring which started with an approximately 50 minute drive to Jonesboro for the Road to Tara Museum. Jonesboro claims to be the home of Gone with the Wind because Margaret Mitchell would spend her summers here and many of the characters and events in the book were based off people she knew and their life events.
The Road to Tara Museum is beautifully displayed and my favorite of the three we have visited. It starts with a brief portion about the battle of Jonesboro which happened all throughout the town.
The GWTW portion has reproductions of many of the costumes and the actual pantalets worn by Vivien Leigh.
They display for the different languages the book came in was also the most well put together.
These are theater seats from the Loew's theater that showed the premier of the movie. It has since burnt down. I do wonder why the seats look slightly different at each museum we go to.
They also have a decent display showing spoofs on the movie that have come out.
The women that work at the Visitors center/museum also sold us on a tour of Jonesboro with GWTW focus.
At 1300, after a snickers bar for lunch, we boarded this bus for the 1 hour, 15 minute tour. For the most part we observed from the bus window while the announcer told stories related to Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind and how many of her stories and characters came about. Jonesboro is where her grandfather lived and it is believed he is the inspiration for Pa, their house for Tara and his stories her information on the Civil War. She comments that she grew up listening to Civil War stories but didn’t realize the south didn’t win until she was ten. We do get to disembark at the Confederate Cemetery where there are 1000 mostly unmarked graves. The cannonballs on top of the arch were actually used in the battle.
We also got out at the old jail which houses many town artifacts now including old ledgers.
After this tour was completed we hightailed it to Stately Oaks Plantation, built in 1839, it was likely one of the inspirations for Tara.
There was no picture taking allowed inside but tour guide did a marvelous job pointing out all kinds of trinkets from the time period. She was also dressed in period costume including seven layers of undergarments. Many things were explained to include the courting candle, salt, sugar, tear collector, hair collector, pickle container, celery container, bug catcher and how the kids were identified in photos. Boys and girls were both clothed in dresses to make it easier for potty training so sex was identified by how the hair was combed. Girls had their hair parted in the middle and boys on the side. They house also has a well set up one room school house, well house, outhouse, tenent room and cook kitchen.
Tired and hungry we headed back to Covington just in time for the nibbling hour at Twelve Oaks. My favorite thing is sitting on their porch with cheese, crackers and wine.
It was only an appetizer so we walked to town for dinner at the Mystic Grill, famous on the show the Vampire Diaries. I have never watched it but the hamburger and beer was excellent and we were stuffed. But not too full for more ice cream from Scoops before our ghost tour.
Covington Ghost Tours was different than any I have ever been on, and I do love a ghost tour. In this day and age there is actually an app called ghost hunting app and it is to tell you when you are in the presence of excess energy as well as randomly list words. Between the group the hope is to string together something of meaning. For 2 hours we walked around town with a story at nearly every building. Sadly no spirits, orbs, ghosts or goblins were seen despite a walk through the cemetery in the dark. Although according to our app we may have been in the presence of Abigail, Jack, cupcakes or a doctor. Here is one of the photos we were to inspect when we got home for orbs, objects or people. Do you see anything?
At the visitors center there is a sign for Mystic Falls, Virginia which is the town that Covington plays in the Vampire Diaries.