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, Gone With the Wind Part I.
Last week we started the Gone with the Wind tour in Jonesboro, Georgia. We spoke of the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery. The above picture was taken by Bill. What an awesome picture, you think? Today we continue our tour. There was one thing that I forgot to mention last week that I think you might find fascinating.
In this picture, you see the front entrance to the Road to Tara Museum where the Gone with the Wind tour starts and drops off. This building is important – not on historically but movie wise. Have I intrigued your interest now?
You see, Georgia is like little Hollywood and there are lots of movies made here. Heck not too far from us in Atlanta, they filmed the movie The Walking Dead. That explains all of the zombies downtown – snorts with piggy laughter.
But back to this Road to Tara Museum. Do you know what famous movie actually took place in downtown Jonesboro? In fact, there was a scene in the movie that was filmed right behind this building. That’s right – Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds. Notice the building now in this picture – this is the back of the building. In the movie, Jonesboro was turned into Texarkana. Cool huh? So you see we have our own little bit of Hollywood right here in the south 🙂
There are lots of other important places in Jonesboro. There’s actually the R.K. Holliday Office Building. R.K. Holliday was the cousin of Margaret Mitchell and the father of the woman who served as inspiration to Mitchell’s character Melanie Hamilton. Then there is the Carnes Homes that was built in 1850’s by Stephen Carnes. Carnes was a casket maker and after the war he was hired to re-inter the Confederate soldiers that had been buried around the city into the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery that we spoke about last week.
The tour also brings you by the 1898 Clayton County Courthouse. Margaret Mitchell visited this courthouse to research local records during her writing of Gone with the Wind.
Our next stop on the tour was the Courthouse/Masonic Lodge. From 1858 until the first County Courthouse was completed on this site in 1861, Clayton County Court met in the Masonic Hall. This courthouse was used until 1898 when the new courthouse was built. Now inside of this building it houses all kinds of history along the ways in Clayton County. It had original policeman uniforms, jails, Gone With the Wind pictures of Scarlett and Rhett to ghosts. Yep I said ghosts. Our tour guide says that psychics have been to this building and spoke to ghosts from years past. Interesting huh?
I’m sure you recognize this movie poster from Gone With the Wind but can you read it?
And do you know what happens to people on the tour that can’t behave? Go ahead guess. I bet you can’t guess. Stay tuned next week my friends for the continuing tour.
05/18/2016 at 3:26 am
Yikes! Mr. Bill is in the slammer!!!
05/18/2016 at 10:40 am
Snorts – I know. Wasn’t that too funny!! XOXO – Bacon
05/18/2016 at 8:28 am
I would stay at this museum place for days… or weeks…. :o) I can read that poster: It says: After all tomorrow is another day :o) Why Shoko’s dad landed in jail?
05/18/2016 at 10:41 am
Snorts with piggy laughter. It was definitely a neat museum. You can read the poster brother? I’m in awe of your talents – that is so totally awesome. Mom put Shoko’s dad in jail – it was too funny! XOXO – Bacon
05/18/2016 at 8:40 am
Crikey Mr Bill doing hard time..can we expect to see this on COPS 🙂 🙂 what great fun you all had indeed..Loves Fozziemum xx
05/18/2016 at 10:41 am
Being put in jail was G rated – you should have seen him getting frisked – snorts with piggy laughter – j/j XOXO – Bacon
05/18/2016 at 11:15 am
Ok, I was bad, but I just had to try to see what it was like to break into jail. LOL. Dad / Bill
05/18/2016 at 11:17 am
Snorts! Breaking out was the fun part huh? XOXO – Bacon
05/18/2016 at 1:38 pm
I want to come visit it!
05/18/2016 at 1:39 pm
Come on down! Anytime you are in the area, let my peeps know. They will be more than glad to show you around 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
05/18/2016 at 3:08 pm
bacon….thanx two yur mom & dad for sharin thiz weekz toor…..we troo lee dinna noe that many mooveez waz made in georgia !! kewl 🙂 ♥♥♥
05/18/2016 at 3:54 pm
aaww thanks my sweet friend. It’s definitely the next movie capital of the world right now. In fact, mom/dad are visiting a beach in the next couple of weeks that has a movie being made there. XOXO – Bacon
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05/18/2016 at 3:59 pm
Reblogged this on The Canadian Cats and commented:
These posts by Bacon and his mom are fantastic. I don’t know how she remembers all that we did but she even has the smallest detail. I don’t think mom can remember anywhere near as much. Look up some of the older posts and see what Bacon’s mom and dad and my mom and dad did in and around the Atlanta area. Notice, no pictures of mom or Jimmy. They were probably sound asleep on the tour bus. MOL
05/18/2016 at 4:47 pm
Snorts! It was a totally fun trip though, right my friends? My mom/dad still talk about your visit and smile/laugh at your antics. Wish we lived closer. Love ya! XOXO – Bacon
05/19/2016 at 4:28 am
Oh dear! I hope you had enough money to pay bail and get Mr Bill out of there QUICK! Also (for some reason I don’t understand) my boy is a HUGE Walking dead, movie, video game, comic, fan. LOL.
I will show him this when he gets back from performing triple side back flips at his gymnastic club. No he doesn’t get it from me. I like both feet on the floor at all times. Is that Japanese Gone with the wind? 😀
05/19/2016 at 10:06 am
Yes – Isn’t that awesome to see that poster for GWTW and know what it means but in a different language? And please tell your soon that the Walking Dead is filmed not too far from us… gives you another reason to come visit your piggynewphew 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
05/19/2016 at 7:47 pm
I WILL! Wow! We would LOVE that!