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“Tara! Home. I’ll go home, and I’ll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!”

11 October 2014

The line above is the last line from the movie, Gone with the Wind, based upon the literary classic, Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell.

But look! Look what’s happened to Scarlett’s beloved Tara~

With only a few volunteers and money out of his own pocket, Lovejoy resident Peter Bonner is carefully restoring the facade of Gone With the Wind‘s famous plantation using pieces from the original set. Wood, windows and fixtures from the classic 1939 film sat on the back lot of Selznick Studios until 1959 when the set was dismantled and returned to Atlanta under a banner saying, “Tara has come home.” The intention was to turn it into a tourist attraction, but that never happened. Later, in 1979, the pieces were purchased by Betty Talmadge, the ex-wife of Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge. Betty cared for the facade and attempted to work with municipalities to put it into a museum. She paid for the front door to be restored and it is currently on display at the Margaret Mitchell House. Unfortunately, Talmadge passed away in 2005 before anything could be done with the facade, and poor Tara remained in storage.

Now that’s dedication. Read the rest and view the photos here.

Julia

Movies/TV, Romance

3 Comments to ““Tara! Home. I’ll go home, and I’ll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!””

  1. Only part of Tara was ever constructed. The full effect was accomplished by projecting film of partial sets onto matte paintings on glass.

  2. Just saw your post and stopped to say thanks for giving the project a little more push with its inclusion on your page. I do need to correct davemich who said it was only partially constructed. The front of the house and side porches were all constructed and attached. The house looked like a house all the way around the right side. They did use glass matting to add some trees around back but Tara itself had three walls and porches on the sides…but was completely empty as Mammy had to stand on a ladder for her scene from the second floor window.

    • You’re welcome. As a Gone with the Wind lover, I’m happy to shed a little light on the preservation of Scarlett’s dear Tara. 🙂

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