The Road to Tara

Museum slashes prices for 10th anniversary

Emma Brumm, of McDonough, wanted do something that was fun and local, Tuesday afternoon, with her sister, Inge Seydaer, who is visiting from Kiel, Germany. And without hesitation, Brumm decided to take her sister to The Road To Tara Museum, in the heart of historic Jonesboro.

“I have lived here for seven years, and heard about the museum, but I have never been,” said Brumm, “so, I decided to come with my sister.”

The sisters took the historic bus tour –– featured at the museum –– and both agreed the highlight was the Patrick Cleburne Cemetery, estimated to be the final resting place of 600 to 1,000 Civil War-era soldiers, including one of the awardees of the Confederate Medal of Honor.

In addition to the tour, the sisters also got to reminisce about Scarlett’s and Rhett’s whirlwind romance from the movie “Gone With the Wind,” which is the museum’s main attraction.

Through original movie props and wardrobe items, costume reproductions, original manuscripts, extensive photo galleries, doll and plate collections, Brumm and Seydaer were able to relive each scene from the movie.

Brumm, who confessed to being a huge fan of the movie, said that, as she walked through the museum, she was taken aback by the intricate details of the displays. “It’s so beautiful, it makes you feel like you’re [in the movie],” she said. Brumm than looked over to her sister, Seydaer, who does not speak English, and translated in German what she had just said. Seydaer nodded her head in agreement.

Although the two sisters seemed to thoroughly enjoy their visit, unbeknown to them, there is something that would have made their outing even more enjoyable. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 20 –– when the museum will be celebrating its 10th anniversary –– the cost of admission will be only 10 cents, rather than the normal $7.

Rebekah Cline, director of marketing and communications for the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the special promotion, in honor of The Road to Tara Museum’s 10th anniversary, will be offered Thursday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m., to 8 p.m. There will also be $10 historic bus tours –– nearly half the original price –– until Friday, Oct. 21.

The tours, she said, include: The Southern Belles and Whistles tour, and the Pete Boner Gone With the Wind tour.

“To redeem the special admission rates, visitors are asked to mention the 10th Anniversary,” said Cline.

Cline then briefly discussed the history of the museum, saying it was originally founded in 1993 by a private owner, but wasn’t relocated to the Jonesboro historic train depot and renovated until 2001. She said it welcomes more than 20,000 visitors, from all over the world, each year.

“‘Gone With the Wind’ is a major asset for Clayton County, and Georgia,” Cline said. “It’s something that is known internationally, and we’re glad to have it here in Clayton County, and we’re glad to be celebrating 10 years.”

People interested in taking advantage of the special tour deals, can make a reservation by calling (770) 478-4800.