Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South. We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats. If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here: Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III, The Varsity, CNN Center.
Today we are going to start sharing another tour that we went on that was called Gone With the Wind Tour. The funny thing is that this tour has been in downtown historical Jonesboro for as long as I can remember and mom/dad have never went on it. Now, they have been to some of the places that the tour visits but never the ‘official’ tour that shares all kinds of information. And well Jean is such a fan of Gone With the Wind that everyone *had* to take this tour. This posting will definitely have to be in several postings to share all of the highlights that we saw and the pictures we took. So are you ready? Here we go.
The tour picks up at the Road to Tara Museum which is a 1867 Train Depot. Back in the day at the peak of railroad travel, both passengers and freight passed through downtown Jonesboro day and night.
It was once made of wood and stood near the Confederate Cemetery (which we will get to soon). But that building burned down in 1864 during the Civil War’s Battle of Jonesboro. After the building burned down, they built this building of granite and placed it more in the center of the town. You bought the tickets for the tour in this museum and also could shop for all kinds of gifts and trinkets.
In fact inside of the museum, they had all kinds of items for Gone with the Wind including this picture, paintings, books, pens, bells – you name it and they had it. I can assure you that mom and Jean walked out with more than the hub units wanted – snorts with piggy laughter.
Mom said she could have spent hours inside of the store just looking at everything – it was like walking on a movie set.
This beautiful house is called The Warren House and it was built in 1860 by Guy Warren. Guy Warren was an agent for the Macon & Western Railroad and one of Jonesboro’s first town commissioners. On the tour, you go by the house but currently it has new owners so you can’t go in to explore. It was on and around this house where the majority of the Battle of Jonesboro took place. The house at that time was used as a field hospital and was headquarters to the Confederate Troops until the Union Army took possession of the house for the same use. The tour guide told us that in some of the walls in the downstairs parlor, you can still see signatures of the soldiers that were recuperating at the house during the war. They left messages and signed the wall for all to see in the years to come. Cool huh?
The next stop on our tour was the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery. Now there are some graves that are marked with the names. But this cemetery also holds the remains of over 1,000 soldiers that died during the Battle of Jonesboro who were buried in unmarked graves. The unmarked headstones are laid out in the shape of a Confederate battle flag that can be seen from the air when you are overlooking the cemetery.
AND, in all the years mom has grown up in the area she has heard plenty of stories about this cemetery. Mom knew of a friend that grew up in a house across the street. One night her parents had gone out and she stayed home alone. It was dark and rainy with a heavy fog in the area. She looked out her front door and saw the image of a Confederate soldier walking down the street. Just the thought of that makes my hair stand up on end – shivers.
Well friends, I hope you enjoyed the first installment of the tour of Gone With the Wind. Come back next week for more in the Travels of the South with my mom/dad and Bill and Jean from Canada 🙂 ❤
05/11/2016 at 1:35 am
Your travel brochures are the best. Gone with the Wind is also a favorite movie of mine.
05/11/2016 at 10:20 am
Snorts! My mom takes great notes and remembers a lot on things. I tell you my friends, mom/dad had so much fun with Bill and Jean that it was out of this world!! XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 11:56 am
Thank you for sharing your good times. Hope all is well. ❤️
05/11/2016 at 1:44 pm
Thanks my sweet friend!! Hope all is well with you. We think of you often ((HOGS and SNOUT kisses)). XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 1:42 am
Oh my ghosh, that place looks sp familiar, was that a house with gone with the wind memorabilia? I may have gone there. Please piglove show Gastradamus some love and let a bacon lover know what you think of the new “Mountain Dew Green Screen” its our new report at Gastradamus. Your comments would be appreciated. May the bacon be with you, always.
05/11/2016 at 10:21 am
Yes this house is in some of the Gone with the Wind memorabilia. I will be talking more next week about what Gone with the Wind’s connection is with Jonesboro, Georgia. It’s a great little town not too far away from the Hotel Thompson. I’m off to visit now. XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 6:25 am
Oh I would spend years there… I love GWTW… I even tried to get a scarlett dress for my wedding… but that was a bad idea I looked like a torrent … oh my…
05/11/2016 at 10:37 am
Brother – it was a super cool tour and the downtown area of Jonesboro, GA is small but adventurous with so many places. The next couple of postings on the Travels in the South will have more about the tour. And I can picture your mom in a Scarlett dress – hubba hubba! XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 10:04 am
Sounds like another great tour. Thanks for sharing.
05/11/2016 at 10:37 am
Thanks my sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 10:35 am
05/11/2016 at 10:38 am
Thanks my friend XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 12:29 pm
Did the peeps get ANY sleep while Shoko and Kali’s folks were there?
05/11/2016 at 1:45 pm
Sleep is no option when you are on vacation – snorts with piggy laughter. We did sleep but there was a lot to throw in – you know you never know when you are going to see each other next and we wanted to take full advantage of each others company 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 1:40 pm
My goodness – what DIDN’T you guys see while Jean and Bill were there?!?!?!?!
05/11/2016 at 1:47 pm
Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. OMP Sammy – they had so much fun while they were here. We had to make sure they saw and did everything. Just wait… there’s more to come 🙂 ❤ XOXO – Bacon
P.S. You ready to come for a visit yet? You might just be our secret guests in a couple of weeks, right? LOL
05/12/2016 at 9:20 am
Ah ha!!!! So it’s Miss Pam coming to visit…i knew it had to be someone we all knew !!! 🙂 xxx
05/12/2016 at 9:26 am
Is it? Snorts with piggy laughter. My lips are sealed. XOXO – Bacon
05/12/2016 at 9:27 am
Aww come on..i won’t tell…nobody is watching….bwaha 🙂 xx Fozziemum
05/12/2016 at 9:27 am
WOW! You are sneaky my friend. I will tell you this…. are you ready? There are two of them coming – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
05/12/2016 at 9:29 am
Crikey..that’s the worst clue ever…baaaaaa xxx Fozziemum
05/12/2016 at 9:32 am
What? It didn’t help you in your sneaky questions of trying to find out? Evil snorts back atcha. XOXO – Bacon
05/12/2016 at 9:33 am
I am going to have to get Easy to bug you..he is nothing if not determined! Xx
05/12/2016 at 9:36 am
Bring it Easy… snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 3:30 pm
bacon…thanx for sharin thiz dood….N ewe shuld sew total lee post a re post oh thiz post at howl o ween time… bout de cemetarry ~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥ 🙂
05/11/2016 at 3:33 pm
Oh you should my friends. There are so many stories about this cemetery. XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
05/11/2016 at 4:19 pm
It’s so nice when friends from out of town come to visit and we get to be tourists in our own town. Thanks for sharing the tour!
05/12/2016 at 8:41 am
Oh beautiful! It was so much showing off our little town and traveling with them. The invitation is always open to you and your staff as well. If you are ever this way, call my mom. We would love to go out to dinner or show you around. XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
05/12/2016 at 4:17 pm
Thank you for that sweet invitation, Bacon. We’ll certainly do that, and you know the invitation goes this way too!
05/13/2016 at 8:42 am
You betcha! You never know where my humans might land… ever – snorts. XOXO – Bacon
05/11/2016 at 5:54 pm
that is a cool place to visit for sure
05/12/2016 at 8:49 am
It really has some fun places. If you are ever up this way, let my mom know okay. It would be a blast! XOXO – Bacon
The Canadian Cats
05/11/2016 at 10:53 pm
We were all delighted with the tours, restaurants and just plain enjoying each others company. Yes, we all slept as if we had walked miles and perhaps some days we did. A hoot and a half is how much fun we had everyday and laugh….we laughed till it hurt.
05/12/2016 at 8:53 am
Snorts!! This is truly how my mom/dad feel too. It was such a blast – like picking right up where we left off during our Alabama meet up. Sometimes peeps can be so lucky to meet friends that feels like you’ve known each other all of your lives – this is definitely how mom/dad felt about ya’ll. Such a blast and some sleeping was had… you know they all had to take advantage of their time together. What a blast! XOXO – Bacon
05/12/2016 at 7:01 am
I love that movie so much! I would love like crazy to go on that tour! I always remember Scarlett telling twins “I never can make up my mind, which of you is the most handsomest!” and then the boys blushing! LOL! I don’t think many people blush anymore! 😀
05/12/2016 at 9:00 am
Snorts Auntie Sharon. You will LOVE the next couple of more posts on this tour then. It was really a fabulous tour for sure and included so many neat places and awesome trivia. And to think it’s been here forever in our ‘backyard’ and this was the first time mom/dad went on the tour. XOXO – Bacon
P.S. You know our hospitality is always open if you ever make it across the pond. My mom/dad would love to show you around our parts.
05/13/2016 at 5:14 am
sigh! 😀 That would be AMAZING!
05/12/2016 at 9:22 am
How much fun you guys all had..slightly green with envy..these places are super cool to photograph..maybr if i get a long enough selfie stick!! Baaas xx
05/12/2016 at 9:27 am
aaww thanks my friend. Well you know if you ever win the lottery and head to the States, call my mom. My humans would absolutely love to show you around as well. XOXO – Bacon
05/12/2016 at 9:28 am
You bet we would my friend..i think every blogger dreams of visiting friends..i remember when Miss Michelle visited Miss Pam..that was a hoot! Xx
05/12/2016 at 9:31 am
See there – Miss Pam is used to visiting peeps. Could it be? Might it be true? Have you broken the secret? Where is Miss Pam when you need her? XOXO – Bacon
05/12/2016 at 9:34 am
Probably headed your way Bwahaha …xxx Fozziemum
05/12/2016 at 9:37 am
One never knows with us here at the Hotel Thompson – that is fact. XOXO – Bacon