If you’ve ever wondered where the story of “Gone with the Wind” was birthed, stumbling across the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Atlanta will answer that question. The house is located in Midtown in the then-fashionable residential section of Peachtree Street. At the time, the house was known as the Crescent Apartments. From 1925–1932, Mitchell and her husband lived in Apartment 1 on the ground floor, which is where the author wrote the majority of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Mitchell was a journalist and author, though Gone With the Wind was the only novel published during her lifetime. Since her passing in 1949, a compilation of her articles, written for The Atlanta Journal, was republished in book form. A collection of her early short stories, letters,one-act plays, and journals, aptly named "Before Scarlet," and a novella from her teen years, "Lost Laysen," have also been published.
Over time, the ownership of the building has changed several times, partially thanks to the stock market crash in 1929, poor management, etc. In the spring of 1932, the couple moved away because the place had become “the Dump,” as Mitchell referred to it and was no longer someplace anyone would want to live. Thankfully, the house has been preserved and restored and now is open to visitors who wish to explore the history of this tremendous writer and her novel.
Today, the house is a visitor center where you can learn more about Mitchell and her works. A portion of the museum is dedicated to the 1939 film adapted from Gone with the Wind. The house is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and officially designated as a historic building by the City of Atlanta.
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