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