Historic Bus Tours

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Southern Belles & Whistles Tour

Runs Monday - Saturday at 11:00 am

Follow the path of brave men and Southern Belles on this historical journey through Jonesboro. The Southern Belles & Whistles Tour highlights more than 100 years of history and heritage in the Official Home of Gone With the Wind and allows you to hear the captivating stories behind Jonesboro's historic district. Some of the sites on this mini-bus tour include: 

  • The Road to Tara Museum - stroll among Gone With the Wind costume reproductions, original movie props, an international library and unique Hollywood and historic memorabilia
  • The Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery - walk among the mass grave containing more than 600 fallen Confederate soldiers
  • The Warren House - as the tour passes this historic home, site of some of the heaviest fighting in the Battle of Jonesboro, imagine what it was like when the house served as a hospital for the Confederate and then Union soldiers 
  • The intersection of Rhett Butler and Scarlett Drives
  • Ashley Oaks Mansion - as your narrator points out this 1880 home, marvel at the sheer number of locally-made bricks - over 1 million - that it took to build this home.
  • Stately Oaks Plantation - you'll pass the 1839 restored house museum, outbuildings and entire seven-acre Margaret Mitchell Memorial Park. A great place to visit. Open Monday through Saturday for tours.
  • *Bonus Stop* - Stop in and see the newest exhibit on display at Arts Clayton Gallery (as available)


 Patrick R. CleburneGone With the Wind Tour
Runs Monday-Saturday at 1:00 pm

Immerse yourself in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind on this tour that explores the details of the book and Margaret Mitchell's unique ties to Jonesboro. You get the inside scoop behind Margaret Mitchell and the Fitzgerald family, why Gone With the Wind was set in Jonesboro, and the historical significance of the Battle of Jonesboro. This tour includes:

  • A brief stop outside the Warren House, where the names and sentiments of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Jonesboro were found written on the plaster walls throughout the house, attracting the attention of a young news reporter, Margaret Mitchell
  • A walk through the Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery
  • Glimpse the fireplace chimney that was once on the grounds of the Fitzgerald home outside of Jonesboro, Margaret Mitchell's maternal family home
  • An account of how Margaret Mitchell's family had connections to John Henry Holliday, better known as "Doc" Holliday of Tombstone, Arizona fame
  • Stories about the real-life inspirations for such Gone With the Wind characters Melanie Hamilton, Ashley Wilkes, Gerald O'Hara, Frank Kennedy and Prissy
  • True stories, tales and legends of the places in Jonesboro that were impacted by the Battle of Jonesboro and how Margaret Mitchell wove those places into her epic story
  • *Bonus Stop* - Stop in and see the newest exhibit on display at Arts Clayton Gallery (as available)

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Call 800-662-7829 for reservations.

Adults - $24.95 
Seniors - $21.95 
Children (12 and under) - $13.95

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