Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind" is considered, by Americans, to be the second most read book (next to the Bible). Mitchell wrote this Pulitzer Prize winning novel while living in an old mansion that had been converted into 10 apartments, as she was recovering from a stubborn ankle injury. That house still stands today ( on the corner of Crecent Ave. and Peachtree St. N.E.) across from the Federal Reserve Bank building. We found this three-story Tudor building quite by accident (our favorite way of discovering things) while searching for the Atlanta Visitors Bureau. The house has been converted into a museum dedicated to Mitchell and her grand novel. Our timing for visiting this museum was perfect, as we were able to catch a guided tour just as it was beginning. There was so much information presented about Mitchell's life and her novel, it was hard to absorb it all. Among the interesting facts we did learn was that Margaret was a bit of flirt, dating several men at the same time. In addition, Mitchell often referred to her apartment building as "The Dump" because of poor maintenance during the depression years she lived there. While it was interesting to tour her apartment and get a feel for what life might have been like for her here, it was a bit disappointing to learn that none of the furniture actually belonged to Mitchell, but rather are period pieces gathered over the years by the museum staff in an effort to recreate her living quarters as closely as possible. Still, it was an interesting and fun time.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.