Gone with the Wind: Tara and Twelve Oaks

by hookedonhouses on March 22, 2009

Gone with the Wind movie houses and setsWhen I first saw Gone with the Wind as a teenager, I was captivated. There was romance! Comedy! Tragedy! History! Elaborate costumes and eye-popping sets! What was not to love about all that? I thought GWTW would be a perfect candidate for Movie Monday because there are several amazing houses in it: Tara, Twelve Oaks, and Aunt Pittypat’s house–not to mention the mansion Rhett builds for Scarlett in Atlanta after they’re married.

Tara:

Gone with the Wind Scarlett in front of Tara

First, let’s take a look at Tara, where Scarlett and her family lived.

Gone with the Wind Tara staircase

As the family reads from the Bible and says their prayers in the parlor, Scarlett can’t stop thinking about Ashley and the fact that he’s planning to marry Melanie:

Gone with the Wind Tara parlor

I always loved Scarlett’s bedroom. I like the angled ceilings, the moldings and trims, and the steps that come down into it from the hall:

Gone with the Wind Tara Scarlett's bedroom

The movie was filmed in California, not anywhere near the South. Tara was built on the back lot of Selznick International Studios in Culver City (Culver Studios) and was left standing there until the late 1950s when it was sold to someone who planned to make it the centerpiece of a new amusement park.

Well, the park never panned out, but the front door from Tara is now hanging at the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. The rest of the house is reportedly “rotting” in storage somewhere, which is sad. Here’s how it looked in 1959, when it was sold at auction (via Retro Web):

Gone with the Wind Tara on backlot in ruins

Twelve Oaks:

The exterior of Twelve Oaks was actually a matte painting. When I took the photo of it off the DVD, it shows how the images of the carriages rumbling up the drive were added later, creating a ghostly effect:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks drive

The long drive and grounds were supposedly inspired by Boone Plantation. You can see a photo of the famous “Avenue of Oaks” that served as the inspiration for Twelve Oaks’ avenue in my post about The Notebook.

The did create a real front porch for the scenes where Scarlett and her family were greeted at the door, but the barbecue scenes were shot at Busch Gardens:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks exterior

I posted photos of the Greek Revival home which, according to some sources, served as the inspiration for Twelve Oaks. You can see it here.

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks staircase

Scarlett sees Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) for the first time:

Gone with the Wind Rhett Butler bottom of stairs

I was always fascinated by the idea of the women going upstairs to take a nap together in the middle of the party. And all those little slave girls put to work fanning them. They weren’t “good old days” for everyone, that’s for sure. Apparently, when they were filming this in the 1930s, the set itself was segregated in the beginning, which makes Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar win for playing Mammy even more significant:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks bedroom naptime

Scarlett escapes from “nap time” and peeks out from the landing to see what’s going on downstairs:

The men are downstairs having a meeting about the possibility of war:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks war meeting

Scarlett beckons Ashley into the library:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks hallway

Love the curved walls in the Wilkes’ library:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks Ashley Scarlett Library

After Ashley refuses to dump his “plain-faced cousin” Melanie and marry Scarlett instead, Scarlett picks up a vase and throws it. We all know who’s lying on that settee, having heard every word:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks library

After the war, Twelve Oaks is just a shadow of its former self. Here we get a view of the crumbling staircase that Scarlett comes back to:

Gone with the Wind Twelve Oaks after war

Aunt Pittypat’s House

Gone with the Wind Aunt Pittypat's entry hall

Scarlett becomes a widow during the war and is so bored with mourning that she goes to stay with Aunt Pittypat in Atlanta, where she is courted by Rhett Butler. Here she is, trying on a hat that he brought her back from Paris. Love the arched doorway into the room with the piano:

Gone with the Wind Aunt Pittypat's parlor

Ashley returns to Atlanta on leave for Christmas. Note the Christmas tree on the table behind them, lit with real candles:

Gone with the Wind Aunt Pittypat's dining room

A view of the landing from upstairs:

Gone with the Wind Aunt Pittypat's staircase

Rhett & Scarlett’s New House in Atlanta:

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house exterior

After the war, Scarlett marries Rhett and they build themselves the biggest, glitziest mansion possible in Atlanta (another matte painting, I believe).

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house red staircase

Rhett and Scarlett have adjoining rooms. This is Rhett’s. In the scene, Rhett hands Mammy a glass of brandy. It was supposed to be tea, but Clark Gable played a trick on Hattie McDaniel and replaced it with the real stuff. They had to retake the scene because she spat it out. You’ll notice she sniffs it first before drinking it–she clearly didn’t trust Gable not to try it again!

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house Rhett's bedroom

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house nursery

Scarlett is too busy brushing her hair and checking her appearance in the hand held mirror to pay much attention to baby Bonnie:

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house Scarlett's bedroom

Check out vanity area of Scarlett’s room–the crystal light fixtures, the swooping draperies, and is that a polar bear rug?

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house Scarlett's vanity

They only show Bonnie’s bedroom briefly, but what a bedroom it is! Look at all the murals on the walls:

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house Bonny's nursery

The back of the house:

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house patio

The parrots are a great detail. Of course Scarlett would have parrots on her patio!

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house patio 2

A shot of the front entry from the top of the stairs–after Scarlett falls down them:

Gone with the Wind Atlanta house red staircase 2

Is this one of your favorite movies, too? Learn more about Twelve Oaks in these posts: The Inspiration for Twelve Oaks and The Notebook.

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rue March 22, 2009 at 8:11 pm

How fitting that I would be one of the first to comment, since this is my favorite movie of all time LOL I have every book imaginable on it including the program from the first movie showing…. it’s sick I tell ya ;)

Thank you for showcasing the greatest movie ever made with the best looking man ever born (shh…. don’t tell Rich) :)

rue

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Tangee March 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I LOVE this movie. I first saw it in my teens and I can remember laughing and crying throughout it. Thank you for sharing it with us. It was like visiting an old long lost friend. I can’t wait to introduce it to my girls one day.

Anne March 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Gone With The Wind is both my favorite book and favorite movie of all time. You captured some really beautiful shots here. The sets and costumes were always my favorite part of the movie – I love seeing the beautiful homes and fancy dresses. This post put a big smile on my face… thank you!

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Arleen March 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I remember reading the book from cover to cover, then seeing the movie in the theater. Such an epic story with unforgettable characters. And I love the music, too! Thanks so much for taking the time to post these stills from the movie, Julia. Great choice for Movie Monday! ~Arleen

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Katie @ makingthishome.com March 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Julia, I can never watch movies in the same way every again. You have me pausing the films and looking at everything differently. Drives my husband crazy!
Katie

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Terry Kearns March 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I was little and had never seen GWTW, when my parents took me to Boone Hall north of Charleston. Their Avenue of the Oaks is supposed a model for GWTW. It is spectacular http://boonehallplantation.com/

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Sara March 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Oh this is my favorite movie of all time. I remember watching it with my mother when I was a little girl. I have seen it so many times but I still love watching it!

Linda@Lime in the Coconut March 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm

oh what a fun blast from the past. I remember being engrossed in the book….and later the movie when I was a young teen!

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Christy March 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Sigh…this qualifies as one of the most beautiful and romantic posts you have ever done! Thank you, it was fun!

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PrettyOrganizer March 23, 2009 at 12:06 am

Um… I want that dress (because it would make even MY waist look tiny) and I need one of those fancy white peacocky looking birds in the background. Nothing says class better than a white peacock in your yard. I live in Arizona and at best there are plastic pink flamingos… and well… they’re not classy- well unless you’re like 80… then anything is classy because it means you’re still kickin!

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Mom in High Heels March 23, 2009 at 3:39 am

Oh, I love GWTW! The quote next to my Senior pic in my HS yearbook was “Tomorrow is Another Day.” Like a pp I too have been to Boone Hall and saw the amazing entry way. Made me want to say “Fiddle-dee-dee.” I love the houses in GWTW. And ever since I first saw that painting of Scarlett in Rhett’s room, I wanted one of me just like it. Does that makes me vain? :)
BTW, in Germany they STILL light real candles on their Christmas trees. Scares the beejeebers out me!

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carolinajewel March 23, 2009 at 5:46 am

I first saw GWTW in 5th grade and was hooked! Like you, the houses always captivated me. I can still remember the pocket doors in Aunt Pitty’s house – too cool!!!! Thanks for a great post! :D Jewel

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R.J. March 23, 2009 at 6:37 am

Thanks for the photos. Great to tour the houses/sets from one of Hollywood’s Classics. Made me remember how the design of the film impacted me as a child. Does anyone know if any of the set materials ever showed up for auction/sale anywhere. I love the portrait of Scarlett in blue and have the perfect spot for it?

Lindsay March 23, 2009 at 7:33 am

Okay, so who was laying on the couch in the library?!? Melanie? Rhett? Does she know Rhett at this poing? I must know!

Wait, no, don’t tell me. I’ll Netflix it. I have never seen it! GASP!

Also, how did the women nap in those corsets??

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duchess March 23, 2009 at 7:36 am

What a great post. I so love this movie and thanks for all the trivia along the way.

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hookedonhouses March 23, 2009 at 7:47 am

Lindsay–
They took off their corsets and dresses for their naps. And–spoiler alert!!–it was Rhett Butler lying on the settee. She didn’t think he was much of a gentleman for eavesdropping on her conversation with Ashley. ;-)

Sue March 23, 2009 at 8:07 am

How fun. My husband gets told every where we go, mostly by waitresses, that he looks just like Rhett Butler. He really does but after hearing all of them go on about it I want to scream ;) I on the other hand look nothing like the lovely Ms. O’Hara. They never mention the fact that I do look a little like Carol Lombard, his wife in real life ~ OK I’m off to read your post now.

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Lazy Mom Leslie March 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

Thanks again for putting all these pictures together! I keep meaning to rent this so I can watch it as an adult. I’ll really have to do that!

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Lacy March 23, 2009 at 8:32 am

I love Movie Mondays!!

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Linda March 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

At my next party, I’m definitely re-instituting the mid-afternoon nap concept.

This is such a great post – thanks! Makes me want to watch the movie all over again.

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Jen R Sanctuary Arts March 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

Fabulous Julia!!! This was an awesome post. It always amazed me how many movies were just fantastic painting’s. I am going to have to watch it again ! Jen

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Pat March 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

Great post,Julia! Beautiful sets. Thanks so much for the info about the movie.

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Suzy March 23, 2009 at 9:23 am

Great post! Thank you for taking the time to take pictures and get some history from this classic film. I haven’t seen it in a while, I will now go to the library.
Thanks again!!! I love Movie Monday.

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AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage March 23, 2009 at 9:27 am

Oh, I DEFINITELY need to rent this movie again. I’d forgotten how much I love it. I always marveled at the hoop skirts when I was younger. I really wanted one…except I wondered how you would sit down :). And come to think of it, it is kind of wierd that the ladies took naps in the afternoon. Wearing those corsets must have taken it out of them.

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kath March 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

Loved all of this. Great shots and its the first time I have heard that Vivian had been cast all along. Got a house to add to your list to review. Practical Magic. Loved that house.thanks,kath

susan March 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

Many have tried to imitate this. With this economy we may all be reduced to making ball gowns out of drapes!! Gotta love a girl with spunk–the original steel magnolia! Thanks for a GREAT post!

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Nancy March 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

I love that movie! I love the ballgowns and the houses and the story. I had no idea that much of the “set” were paintings! Excellent trivia.

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Carrie March 23, 2009 at 10:37 am

Great choice! I don’t watch many movies, but have definitely seen this one! Great pictures. Wouldn’t you love to have the original matte painting?!

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Linda March 23, 2009 at 10:37 am

I loved that movie as a teen as well. Thanks for all the pics. I love the costumes as much as I love the rooms!

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laney March 23, 2009 at 10:46 am

…being born and bred in atlanta… and never have lived any place else…i have to respond!…gwtw is the first movie i remember seeing…seeing it many many times in growing up…but the memory i have of that first time is of scarlett tearing down the drapes…my mom was a teenager when the premier came to town…they were allowed a day off the spend on peachtree to see the parade and the stars…my mom was tiny and a lady pushed her aside…the newsreel man leaned down picked her up and placed her on the stand next to him…there a few feet away were all the stars…i still have her scrapbook…a slight modificaton to your trivia…the burning of atlanta took place months later…remember sherman…still an unmentionble…began his march to the sea from atlanta…arriving in savannah…he sent linclon a message that he was giving him the city of savannah as a christmas picture… the firey scene as scarlett leaves atlanta with rhett is not the burning of the city but the burning of the confederate warehouses …the house in which peggy( no one from atlanta ever called her maragret) mitchell wrote her big book has been restored beyond recognition…it was a fairly run down place when she stayed there…her own home was torn down after her death as instructed by her will…also …as she would tell you… the movie tara and the book tara look entirely different…her tara was more an added on and added on farm house… as a grown up the most memorable scene will always be the pull back shot of the dead and dying soldiers across the train tracks of the city…it shows the horror of war and as sherman said… war is hell…but i love your pictures of the houses and the memories you stirred…gwtw is one movie that i vowed i would never watch on television…and i never have…i hope all of you will be able to see it one day on the big screen…thanks for the memories…i am certain that margret mitchell would be very proud of her atlanta today…and thankful with the rest of us that we have become a city with open minds and hearts to all of God’s people…there is not house in the world more precious than a single person…while gwtw is a movie to be treasured…it belongs to the past…after all tomorrow is another day…

laney March 23, 2009 at 10:48 am

ps i meant christmas present!!

hookedonhouses March 23, 2009 at 10:54 am

Laney–
Loved hearing the stories about your mother at the movie premiere! Wow! Oh, and you’re right about the fire being the burning of the Confederate warehouses and not Atlanta. Everyone always refers to it as that, but they were burning their own warehouses so the Yanks wouldn’t get to them, right? I’d forgotten that. Thanks! -Julia

Lilly March 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

Thank you so much for giving tribute to the most fabulous movie of all time. I’ve always been in love with the decor from that movie and seeing all the screen shots you captured was totally amazing. I never noticed some of the details like the parrots on the porch with Scarlett.
Thanks you, thank you, thank you!!

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home March 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

Julia, It is only befitting that here I sit in Mississippi, though not in Natchez, reading your blog about GWTW. Great blog!

Susan Drysdale March 23, 2009 at 11:26 am

Could you do the houses in “Must Love Dogs” with Diane Lane and John Cusack?

Kim @ Forever Wherever March 23, 2009 at 11:28 am

Well, I want to run out and rent this right now! It’s been years since I’ve seen it! What a great post and beautiful shots!
~Kim

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laney March 23, 2009 at 11:43 am

…people people people!…rent the movie…BUT for goodness sake ya’ll READ THE BOOK…

TraceyB March 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

This was fun julia! It has been years since I’ve seen this movie–I think I’ll share it with my daughter who has yet to see it. Thanks for the reminder!

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger March 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Love this one…especially as I’m planning to name future animals and children after characters from the movie. : )

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Ramona March 23, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I too am off to rent GWTW…great post!

I want to make pillows out of those dresses!

Maybe I’ll stop by the library to check out the book too.

Smiles ~ Ramona

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Tara March 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Wow, I learned a lot in this post! I have a soft spot for GWTW since I was named after the O’Hara plantation!

Holly March 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I plowed through this book when I was 13 and had chickenpox. It was my mom’s favorite all-time and I had seen the movie more than once before I read it. It is a fabulous movie, but as usual the book adds so much more to one’s understanding of the plot. Loved the photos, Julia, and I never knew some of the houses were just paintings!

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MHW March 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I grew up in Lovejoy, Georgia. The official home of “Tara” in GWTW. There is still the Confederate Officers’ Ball and a civil war renactment every year. A local woman by the name of Betty Talmadge, former wife of Georgia Governor Talmadge was said to own the facade of Tara from the movie. She died in 2005, and I don’t know what happened to it then. The family owned a small plantation in Lovejoy where they threw parties that my family attended for various charitable causes…they played it up to the GWTW theme as much a possible…just my two cents…

Heathahlee March 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I have loved GWTW since I was a teenager, too! My first car was a blue Toyota Corolla, otherwise known as “Bonnie Blue”. : )

We have a theatre in Memphis called The Orpheum, which has been used as both a regular theatre and a movie theater back in Hollywood’s heyday. They still have the organ that was played before the movies, and during the summer they play classic movies with shorts and cartoons beforehand. I love it. I’ve seen GWTW, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and so many more I can’t even remember. I love being in that old theatre experiencing those old movies the way they were supposed to be experienced!

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Tiffany March 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Hi, I stumbled across your blog and I love it! I was curious to what the paint color is in your family room? If you wouldnt mind telling me then I would appreciate it.
Thanks.
Love your ideas.

TIffany

hookedonhouses March 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Tiffany–
I get asked that question so often that I added it to my FAQ page! It’s Pecan by Eddie Bauer, and I found it at Lowe’s. Hope that helps! :-)

Darla March 23, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Confession: I’ve never watched Gone With the Wind. {ducks}

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lisa March 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Best movie ever. Best book ever. I reread it every few years. I never knew there was so much detail in the set until I saw your pics here.

anna March 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Omgosh Julia. Love the book, Love the movie, LOVE GWTW. I had 5 sisters growing up and we watched it constantly…. But why….WHY can’t Rhett and Scarlett make it work?? Breaks my heart every time. And who the heck would want Ashley when they could have Rhett?!! Stupid, stupid Scarlett. Obviously really good acting since I am still upset about it!! lol

montee March 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Like it’s been said a bazillion times, love the book and movie, I do declare!

montee March 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Oh, I forgot to say, in high school I dated an Ashleigh and my step-sister dated a Rhett at the same time. We even double-dated some.

Robin March 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I had forgotten how GRAND everything was, from the houses, to the staircases to her SKIRTS! Now I am going to have to rent this movie, I haven’t seen it in ages.

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Robyn March 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Can you believe I never watched this movie – I am definitely going to rent this soon! ~ Robyn

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Christine March 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Hi Julia, what a beautiful post! I love this movie and I learned so much about the civil war from it. I live in the south also and I thought you might be interested in seeing my post last Saturday. I featured the antebellum houses in Natchez. Please come for a visit at http://christineshomeandtraveladventures.blogspot.com/2009/03/tour-of-natchez-and-pink-blossoms-in-my.html
Thanks…Christine

Michelle March 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm

My all time favorite movie! My husband doesn’t understand my facination. But, it is facinating. You should have featured this earlier!! Thanks for posting.

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Ms.Tee March 24, 2009 at 12:10 am

This is one of my favorite movies, too! I can’t believe it wasn’t filmed in the South, though…All this time I thought it was. And I can’t believe I never noticed the parrots before until you pointed them out. Thanks for doing all the behind-the-scenes work so we could learn all about it!

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paula March 24, 2009 at 4:34 am

I’m crazy for this movie.

Daisy Cottage March 24, 2009 at 6:26 am

Best movie and book EVER!! LOVE GWTW and seeing these photos of yours was a REAL treat… wow! Thank you Julia for that! Swoon.

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Amy @ Living Locurto March 24, 2009 at 8:05 am

How fun! I could watch this movie a thousand times and never get tired of it! I lived in South Carolina once and every time I was in Charleston, it reminded me of Gone with the Wind.

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Angela March 24, 2009 at 8:07 am

Oh – I have never seen this!! I must rent it!! ASAP! How beautiful and the story line intrigues me!!
~angela

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lucinda March 24, 2009 at 11:49 am

I need to get my copy of GWTW out and read it again. One of my favorite movies. How could you not love Rhett.
Being a Texan I also love the movie Giant…very grand movie too.
Have you ever seen the movie Auntie Mame talk about great back drops…lot’s of fun.

Lisa in Australia April 10, 2009 at 1:31 am

I love the look of those houses. So grand but I assume they must have had to have grand. Their clothing was so over the top they needed rooms to match

Dixie July 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

where are the houses that were used for the film. Like the mansion and the rest of them… are they being lived in or are they museums? Thanks if you can and if you cant then thats fine too… :D

hookedonhouses July 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Dixie–
As I mentioned in the post, Tara was purchased by someone hoping to use it in a new amusement park that was never built. What’s left of it is said to be in a warehouse somewhere. The rest of the houses in the movie were sets and matte paintings. -Julia

Dixie July 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm

im sorry for the other post.. i didnt read the captions by the pictures… but im a HUGE fan for Gone With The Wind… Its my favorite movie ever!! im only in my middle teens and still think this movie beats any movie ever made!! but i reenact and one time i was in a play because i act but not huge acting and i was cast as Scarlett in the play… but anywho i was just stoppin by and it would be great if you had any more pictures of Tara now in the present i would love to look at them… but LONG LIVE GONE WITH THE WIND!!!!!
yours
Dixie :D

Carolyn Davis July 31, 2009 at 10:40 am

I love the site. How do I get a copy of a print? Thank you.

Nikki August 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Oh Julia, a post after my own heart!
I should’ve known you would have great pics of the gwtw houses!
I’m having a gwtw party soon, would be great if you want to join and link to this post!
Been thinking of you, seen tons of beautiful homes this summer. I have lots of catching up to do on your blog too… well, blogs in general, lol..
Hope you’re having a great summer!
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Sonya August 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

My family and I just returned from a weeks long vacation in Atlanta. We went to the Gone With The Wind Museum in Marietta, Ga. It was nice to see all the stuff from the movie and the news articles about Margaret Mitchell and the premiere of the movie in Atlanta. I own the movie and have watched it many times. But after going to the museum I was inspired to read the book. I am half way done and loving every minute. I love the houses and the dresses from the movie. Thanks for the photos it gave me a chance to really study the scenes and take notice of all the details.

Pam Kersting August 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

I was rivoted! What an AWESOME post!
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joanne September 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm

love all your pictures on gone with the wind. i am just fixing to undertake the tasks of creating a reproduction of one of scarlett’s dresses to wear to our church homecoming and old fashion day. i love the clothing of that era. one of my most prized possessions is an original atlanta journal paper which i have framed between two pieces of glass so that you can see both sides of the paper it was the front page when gone with the wind premiered in atlanta in 1939. it was in the bottom of a bureau someone gave my motherinlaw and she was going the throw all the old newspapers away. if was in mint condition.

DON September 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

Your trivia section is highly inaccurate!! Yes, the search for Scarlett was a publicity stunt to keep up interest in the film during the three years between publication and filming, but Leigh was not the front-runner until Dec. 1938. The fire scene was filmed Dec. 10, 1938 and Leigh began screen tests the following week (and was signed on Jan. 13, 1939). Gable was always the only actor considered for Rhett. There was not a ‘long period’ between the filming of the fire and the first day of principal photography (at Tara) seven weeks later, the last week of January. Margaret Mitchell’s husband, John Marsh, said (at the premiere): ‘If we had that many soldiers we would have WON the war.’ BUT, I must tell you, you did a lovely job of presenting all the wonderful photos of the gorgeous sets of this most magnificent of all films! Thank you!

hookedonhouses September 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

Hi, Don! I got the trivia from the IMDb page for the movie and assumed they knew what they were talking about. You clearly know more about GWTW trivia than I do. Thanks for the corrections! -Julia

Fade October 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

The facts you have about Tara are completely wrong…The name Tara comes from the street named Tara Blvd in Clayton County Georgia, where Margaret Mitchell would summer at a family members house. A nearby mansion named the Fitzgerald house in Fayette County Georgia, it no longer exists and was the basis for Tara and Twelve Oaks houses.
Copy of Wikipedia, Margaret Mitchell BIO: Clayton County, the area just south of Atlanta and the setting for the fictional O’Hara plantation, Tara, maintains “The Road to Tara” Museum in the old railroad depot in downtown Jonesboro.
I saw Gone with the wind on the big screen at the Fox in Atlanta 1999 were it premiered in 1939.
Other than that, I like your website…

hookedonhouses October 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Okay, I don’t know what’s true or false any more because people keep sending me conflicting information. As a result, I’m removing the trivia section at the end of the post. -Julia

Ryan October 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Great post! I’ll probably be stoned for saying this, but GWTW is not necessarily one of my favorite movies of all time. I’m not saying it’s a “bad movie” or anything like that, mind you, but I just don’t love it quite as much as so many others clearly do. Vivien Leigh is wonderful, yet I find Scarlett to be a childish, selfish, scheming and overall less than admirable character, and I never really warmed up to her that much. Also, some of the historical inaccuracies and racial stuff in the movie bug me a bit. I know…historical context and dramatic effect and all that…but I can’t help it…it still annoys me a little. And as much as I liked Leslie Howard (and usually have no problem with suspension of disbelief) when I’m watching GWTW I always find myself wondering why Ashley Wilkes is speaking with that perfect English accent. These minor things aside though, as a big-budget, splashy, golden-age-of-Hollywood melodrama, GWTW is a classic. It’s obviously well made & very entertaining. Ever since the first saw it, I fell in love with those sets, so looking at your caps and comparison shots was great for me. And it’s true that things really are bigger in Hollywood, isn’t it? The “Twelve Oaks” that was depicted in the movie would have been considered absolutely enormous and crazy, over-the-top opulent for any early to mid 19th century American house…even one belonging to someone as wealthy and cultured as John Wilkes was supposed to be. But Hollywood’s versions of “Twelve Oaks” and “Tara” sure were beautiful to look at! To this day I have a little fantasy about building an exact replica of the movie version of Gerald O’Hara’s Tara and living quietly in it. And I’m not going to have to marry my sister’s Mr. Kennedy in order to accomplish this either! I’ll do it the proper way…I’m gonna win Power Ball!

Mike Marcellino December 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

this is a wonderful site, just stopped by to see where Tara is, and now i know

Bill December 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm

“Fade” is completely wrong. Tara Blvd was not so named until AFTER Margaret Mitchell published her novel. Tara was actually named after the ancient residence of the kings of Ireland — and Gerald O’Hara, Scarlett’s father, was from Ireland.

Lida December 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Gorgeous and very interesting!

Is there somewhere a house plan(s) to be found of these Gone with the Wind houses?
Please tell!

valerie January 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Maison LaFitte, in New York, was also used in several exterior scenes for Gone with the Wind. (Husband & I got engaged there!)

http://www.scrank.com/wow/sha/Maison%20Lafitte/textonly.html

Jeanie January 22, 2010 at 11:54 am

I think it lovely that you got engaged at Maison Lafitte, however, the people who own Maison Lafitte are full of bull. The entire movie was filmed in Hollywood. I lived in Natchez, MS and there are some guides at certain antebellum mansions who claim part of the movie was filmed there. It makes for a good tale, but its false. I’ve read every book on the movie and believe me no part of the movie was filmed in N.Y. In fact David O. Selznick even had the mud tinted red and also had red mud shipped in. Back in 1939 movies were not filmed on location.

JIM January 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm

FADE. Gone With The Wind premiered at Loew’s Grand Theatre, not the FOX. The Fox was a competing company and even though it is located across the street from the Georgia Terrace Hotel where the stars stayed, the premier was further downtown at Loew’s Grand. That theatre was destroyed by fire in the 1970’s

wayne baum February 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

Please contact our office with information on immediate purchase of “gone with the wind ” photographs. Also If you have information on greatly enlarged images for backdrops for charity functions it will be most appreciated.

Thank you for you prompt attention.

Wayne Baum

hookedonhouses February 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

Wayne–
I’m not sure how to contact your office or what you mean about purchasing GWTW photographs. I don’t have any to sell. These are all just screen shots from the movie. Hope you can find what you’re looking for! -Julia

Bob Parrett March 4, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Does anybody know where I can purchase a ‘Gone with the Wind’ photo backdrop?

Tameka Griffin March 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Thank you very much for this….I came to this site because Monique paid tribute to Hattie McDaniel after winning at last night’s 82nd Oscar ceremony. GWTW is my favorite movie. I love that fact that Scarlett was a strong woman, but always sought comfort and advice from “Mammy”. I’m looking for the movie poster to hang in my office. May God continue to bless you!
–Tameka
Atlanta, GA

Melissa March 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I’m trying to find out if my movie poster is worth anything? It says 1939 original on the bottom.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Ashley April 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

I really like this movie also. My parents actually named me after Ashley Wilkes in the movie. They said that they wanted me to be a gentleman. I have people that see my name and almost always assume that I’m a girl. For example, if I have a prescription filled and I pick it up at the pharmacy, they will ask if “she” has ever had this before. I have to tell them that my name is Ashley. It seems like people are assuming this more and more as I get older (I’m 33.) Usually when someone gives me a weird look concerning my name or ask about it, I ask them if they have ever seen Gone With The Wind. I like to think that Ashley was a man’s name that has been taken over by women. Anyway, I’m proud to be named after such a great character in one of the best movies ever.

Sarah October 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

Thanks so so so so very much for all the great pictures and trivia on GWTW!!! Truly excellent!! I received the book and its sequel “Scarlett” for my 30th birthday–never read them beforehand–and was blown away and captivated from page 1. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! One of my favorite parts was when Scarlett took down the curtains and started to make a dress–Classic!! I laughed, I cried, I jumped for joy…and sometimes I just wanted to smack Scarlett across the face, or Ashley, or Rhett!! LOL!! Can’t wait to see the movie…seriously, I really can’t wait…ordering it now from Amazon.com! LOL!

Bridget Cooper October 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

WOW, I’m astonished. I’m sixteen writing a papaer about the movie it is my favorite ever. I would like to say thank you,for doing this it’s helped me get a lot of info for it. I love this movie and the book an I needed to see these pictures so now when I go home I’m going to go watch it and pause…..I want my home to be like Tara when I’m older.<3 thank you so very much.

hookedonhouses October 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Good luck with your paper, Bridget! -Julia :-)

Jenny Anderson November 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Thank you so much for sharring your passion with us. I am writting a story in which there are several Antebellum styled homes in them. Your site was invaluable to me as many websites only post the outside of the homes not the inside. I understand that the set were mae larger and grander but it still allowed me to lend some authenticity for what I hope are my future readers.

karthy December 24, 2010 at 7:30 am

really really i enjoyed watching the movie. its not a surprise but my friends who are non literature students also were full of praises about the movie. thanks to my friend Prakash who sent me the movie.

Sherry Landau January 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Wow!!!!! You did an amazing job!
Nobody’s seen this movie more times then I have. I can recite the comeback to every line in the play. And oddly enough, for as many times as I’ve seen the movie, I’ve never really noticed the detail in the houses in the way that seeing the photos of the rooms on this page let me see it. Really every location was ornate and elegant and decorated to the nines. I never noticed all the moldings, trim, curved walls, curtains etc. in the way I did just now. Perhaps I was always too focused on the dialogue. Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together. It was amazing and I’ll probably never see the movie through the same eyes again. I’ll probably be slowing down and pausing all the time now to notice and enjoy the detail.

Just lovely :-)

Dale Bryant April 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

I just stumbled on this site and a couple others that have been useful to me – I am building a 1/2 scale model of Tara and the photos I have gleaned today have been immensly helpful. I have seen a couple of other models in magazines, but where mine differs is that I have designed a whole back wing so that one can walk all around the place and see it as a real house might have looked. (I have worked up a sort of floor plan that would partially include the sets of the interior rooms too.) It also answers a couple questions like what was behind the doors to the left as you go up the stairs. It is not included in the interior sets, but my answer is the dining room, as it is convenient to the covered walkway leading to the kitchen house. I admit that the exterior design is straight 1938 colonial, but as the front is also a composite, I figured to go all the way with it.

Richard L. Thornton June 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm

The plantation that inspired “Gone with the Wind” bore absolutely no resemblence to the palatial mansion in the movie. You can see a computerized virtual reality images of the REAL Tara in the National Examiner article. (URL is below)

It is probably too late, but I just found out about the Margaret Mitchell special on PBS. Atlanta historians have increasingly been culturally detached from the history of Georgia’s hinterlands. Books and papers I have read it the past have completely missed important information about the origins of “Gone with the Wind’s” plot and characters.

My great-aunt was a friend of Margaret Mitchell’s. She bought one of Mitchell’s first 1000 books at a meeting of the Northside Atlanta Women’s Club. It is autographed and I inherited it.

More important, though, is the experiences I gained in the late 1990s and early 2000’s, while guiding the restoration of the 1870 Bartow County Courthouse, Roselawn Estate, Adairsville Depot, Corra Harris Farm and William & Rebecca Felton Plantation in Bartow County, GA. While carrying out the research mandated by the historic preservation grants, I stumbled upon amazing facts that are apparently unknown by almost all historians, who consider themselves experts on Margaret Mitchell.

As an Atlanta Constitution reporter in the 1920s, Margaret was invited to many, secret weekend retreats as a companion for the Constitution’s editor and publisher. They were held at the Pine Log, GA farm of author Corra Harris. Almost always present were Corra’s close friends, Rebecca Felton and Martha Berry. Berry would often rendezvous with Henry Ford at Corra Harris’s secluded farm. Corra maintained an upstairs guest bedroom for them that is still known as the Berry-Ford bedroom.

Mitchell may have gone to these retreats as someone’s paramour, but there is no blatant evidence, one way or another. There is no record of her second husband accompanying her to the retreats, after she re-married in 1925. These retreats did seem to have a hidden agenda to them . . . allowing certain people to do things that they did not wish to be public knowledge.

The guests appear to have been the progressive intelligentsia of Atlanta. Rebecca Felton would keep Margaret spellbound with the stories of the Old South and the Civil War.

The fact is that the plot of Gone with the Wind is almost identical to the actual experiences of Rebecca Felton. Like the fictional, Scarlett O’Hara, Felton had a 16” waste and grew up on a modest plantation near Atlanta. Well, you can read the incredible similarity between Scarlett O’Hara and Rebecca Felton in the article I wrote for the Examiner. I am their national architecture and Native American columnist.

Here is the URL:
http://www.examiner.com/architecture-design-in-national/meet-the-real-scarlett-o-hara

Sincerely,
Richard Thornton

hookedonhouses June 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Wow! That is so fascinating. Thank you so much for the information and for including the link to your article. I can’t believe I had never heard any of that before!

Richard Thornton June 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Yes, it is weird that historians in Atlanta have not drawn the lines together – so to speak. Most of my research on these historic houses came from published books. The only part that was not published information was about the Berry-Ford bedroom. That came from people, who were living in the Corra Harris house’s servant’s quarters when the famous people came on weekends.

My guess is that people that read a book on Rebecca Felton, didn’t read a book on Corra Harris, which mentioned that both Rebecca Felton and Margaret Mitchell were frequent weekend visitors to the remote farm. It is quite likely that Margaret Mistchell came as the paramour of the newspaper editor. He was married, but she accompanied him to the retreats for the weekend. She would have been in her 20s, he was about 20 years older. Fans of Margaret Mitchell would not want that sort of info made public.

Sally August 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I’m not sure if this is 100% true, but The Jefferson hotel in Richmond, VA served as a model for the staircase Scarlett tumbled down in the Butler home. Not sure how to link here, but a search for the hotel should bring up photos.

hookedonhouses August 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Interesting!

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