When Stonehurst Place guests inquire about places to visit in Atlanta, I often suggest “The Dump.” Not to worry, I’m not sending them to the landfill! Instead, it’s the Margaret Mitchell House, located three blocks from Stonehurst Place. “The Dump” is what Mitchell herself affectionately named the tiny apartment where she wrote Gone with the Wind. Today the apartment building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is maintained by the Atlanta History Center.
Being a “Windy” myself, I’m always quick to suggest a visit to 990 Peachtree Street, known as the Crescent Apartments when Margaret and her husband, John Marsh, lived there. You can tour tiny Apt. 1, the birthplace of her famous novel. Here she typed out pages on a Remington portable typewriter, placed on a her mother’s small sewing table overlooking Crescent Avenue. I am repeatedly astonished that so grand a work was accomplished in such a humble setting! The guided tour of their apartment is full of information about the lives of Margaret and John during the time of her writing.
After “The Dump” apartment tour, be sure to see Stars Fall on Atlanta: The Premiere of Gone With the Wind. This exhibit highlights the events and the people in Atlanta during the 1939 world premiere. Throughout the exhibit you’ll experience Atlanta’s excitement over the motion picture debut at Loew’s Grand Theatre, and the arrival of the actors and actresses. (Luncheons and teas were held for various members of the cast at homes of prominent Atlantans. Rumor passed on holds that the party held for Ona Munson, who played the role of Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind, was held at Stonehurst, the Hinman house.) This exhibition is open until the end of 2015.
Learn more about Margaret in another exhibition Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character. This exhibit depicts her life through stories, objects, quotes and photographs, many of which have never been on public display. Here you will learn the story behind the novel, and how it affected her life.
And what tour wouldn’t be complete without a lovely gift shop? Be sure to browse the nice collection of books, DVD’s, and collector’s items before you leave!
~ Innkeeper Lori