Perhaps you’ve heard of this area called historical Jonesboro, Georgia. Do you know the story of Gone with the Wind that was written by Margaret Mitchell? Parts of this novel and movie were actually set in Clayton County in historical downtown Jonesboro.
In fact, the plantation in the book/movie, “Tara”, is an important part in Clayton County. One of our main north/south roads is named after Tara and is called Tara Boulevard. They actually even made two sequels to Gone with the Wind – did you know this? They were called Rhett Butler’s People and Scarlett. Both take place briefly in Clayton County.
AND, I bet you didn’t know this fact. Parts of the film Smokey and the Bandit were actually shot in and around Clayton County, specifically downtown Jonesboro.
This is a picture taken off of thebanditrunphotos.com It actually shows Burt Reynolds in his famous car in front of what is actually the historical downtown Jonesboro depot. Although there is a sign up on the building that states “Texarkana”, if you look in the lower left hand corner you will actually see a sign that states Jonesboro Days. 🙂 A little oversight by the movie company.
Another known fact about our little town – the Jonesboro Confederate Cemetery also known as the Patrick Cleburne Confederate Cemetery. This cemetery is opened daily between dawn and dusk. Mommy highly recommends the visit. This cemetery is north of Jonesboro where the heaviest fighting took place during the second day of the Battle of Jonesboro. This battle took place August 31 – September 1, 1864.
This cemetery is home to between 600-1,000 men who died during this battle. If you look closely at this picture, on top of the monument that states Confederate Dead, you will see on the arch 12 cannonballs. Once you enter this walk way, it takes you inside of the cemetery. It really does take your breath away when you think about all of the blood shed in such a short time.
As you walk through the cemetery, you notice something just a little different about the layout. The headstones are patterned in the shape of a confederate flag. The walkways are shaped like a X and the graves fill in the triangles of the X.
You can spend hours in this cemetery just looking at the different headstones reading the names. Names of people that you actually don’t know in person but can feel and reconstruct in your mind the battles they must have went through during the time. It is an emotional feeling to say the least.
There are also many homes in historical downtown Jonesboro that were used in the civil war as Confederate field hospitals. You can learn more about the homes and businesses located in the area at http://jonesboroga.com/site/VisitingJonesboro/OnlineHistoricalTour/tabid/91/Default.aspx
It’s a great read into this area. I hope you enjoyed my little taste of some of the famous things about my home town. I would love to hear about your home town 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
08/12/2013 at 2:01 am
Wow Bacon what a really interesting and pretty town you have 🙂 such a long history..we here have such a young country that our history is not very far back only a couple of hundred years really..from white settlement..of course our indigenous history is much much older.I love the cemetery and I too find them amazingly interesting to visit..we have not had the civil war problems that you have we have had what could really be termed small battles..without the huge loss of life that Americans had.
Thanks for a great post Bacon 🙂 🙂 xxxxFozziemum
08/12/2013 at 2:56 am
I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. It is a neat little town. Sometimes we forget about interesting places that we come from. Have a great day my friend. XOXO – Bacon
08/12/2013 at 3:06 am
I sure did enjoy it 🙂 we do sometimes forget..and spend more time learning about far off places! You have a great day to sweet Bacon an I must get onto my award post….very behind 😉
Big hugs Fozziemum xxx
08/12/2013 at 4:10 am
Your town looks really interesting Bacon. I love reading about history and looking at old buildings.
“Gone with the Wind ” must be up there as one of the most well known movies ever made!
My family are originally from Moama New South Wales which was once a thriving “river port” I took a holiday there in April.
08/12/2013 at 7:46 am
Hey Bacon were you reading our minds when we said we loved to know about our friends’ hometowns?! We loved this, so interesting! And never knew about the sequels. There is so much history where you are – what a wonderful place to live.
~ Coccolino your piggy pal
08/12/2013 at 9:30 am
Thank you my friends. Sometimes we have a tendency to take for granted our own places that we live in each and every day. I thought I would share and give out some amazing background on our place 🙂 I enjoying your golfing with your dad. That was amazing! XOXO – Bacon
Cody-Cat Chat (@CatChatCaren)
08/12/2013 at 9:17 am
Mom is a HUGE HUGE HUGE “Gone With The Wind” fan and she LOVED THIS POST!!!!!! She never knew much of this info. Have to tell you that “Frankly my dear, she DOES give a damn!!” MOL!
08/12/2013 at 9:31 am
PLOL (Pig Laughing out Loud). Yep, that’s one of mom’s favorite sayings – very popular here as you can imagine. I’m glad you loved the posting. I thought it was time to share a little about our town 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
08/12/2013 at 10:22 am
This is a great read. I’ve been through your town as a kid on vacation. And my mother who loved history and that movie read facts to us as we traveled ( we used to try and plug our ears)
That’s funny about the sign in the Smokey movie! The cemetery looks vey interesting. Thanks for the tour
08/12/2013 at 10:39 am
You are so welcome my friend. It’s a neat little town. I’ll have to do a follow up on another town not too far away from us soon. Things are kind of interesting here in the south, needless to say – 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
08/12/2013 at 4:46 pm
Interesting things – and usually surprises those not from the region. We’re in TX which is alike, but different
08/12/2013 at 5:04 pm
That is so cool. I’ve never been to Texas. You must do a blog about your city. That would be a fantastic read my friend! XOXO – Bacon
08/12/2013 at 11:35 am
That was interesting Bacon. I wish we could discover this cemetery together, reading the names and imagine we would live at Tara (without Scarlet) and had pawties all the time there. I hope Bashful will tell me more tonight :o) He is a very nice visitor !
08/12/2013 at 11:50 am
aaaww – I’m glad the little fellow is being good to you. We would have a ball going through the cemetery together. Mom says if you close your eyes really hard and listen closely, you can almost here the war taking place. XOXO – Bacon
08/13/2013 at 11:39 am
Then your mom has the same “shining” like my mom – she said she can hear the knights talking and fighting as we visited an old castle ( I hope they will nor spend their holiday together in a hotel in the mountains of Colorado)
08/13/2013 at 11:40 am
It would be fantastically fun!! XOXO – Bacon
08/12/2013 at 2:58 pm
great history on your town Bacon,xx Speedy and Rachel
08/12/2013 at 2:59 pm
Thank you so much my friend. It is kind of a neat place to live in the south 🙂 Hope you are feeling better. XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
08/12/2013 at 5:49 pm
Thank you so much for the “tour” of your hometown, Bacon, but you forgot the most famous and interesting thing about Jonesboro, Georgia . . . YOU!
08/12/2013 at 6:01 pm
Aaww. Your a gorgeous friend pulling on my heart strings. XOXO – Bacon
08/13/2013 at 12:44 pm
What a great place to live!
08/13/2013 at 1:24 pm
Thank you my friend – Hogs and Snout Kisses – XOXO Bacon
Ellie and Edmond ©
08/13/2013 at 8:37 pm
BACON!!! You live in Jonesboro??? Our Photographer grew up there! Our headquarters is in Buckhead now- but Photographer goes to visit her parents there. It is so fun to meet a local!
08/13/2013 at 8:40 pm
Yep. That’s my hometown 🙂 it’s a small world isn’t it my friend. XOXO – Bacon
Ellie and Edmond ©
08/13/2013 at 8:41 pm
It sure is! Hugs!!