to Scarlett O'Hardy's
Gone With the Wind Museum, the pride of Bobbie Hardy whose late husband,
Randy Hardy, was most supportive of her love for the epic and, together,
they amassed an impressive GWTW collection. After living in Houston for more than 30 years, the Hardys moved to the
historic riverport town of Jefferson. They were inspired by the spirit of the citizens of
Jefferson, their love of history and their determination to preserve the past.
A Gone With the Wind collection seemed to fit perfectly in this locale, some 30
miles south of Randy's hometown, "the other Atlanta".
museum, which opened in November 1998, has
welcomed thousands of fans from all 50 states , the Virgin Islands, and Australia, Austria,
Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, England,
Finland, France, Germany,
Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, The
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa,
South Korea, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Taiwan. Visitors enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum filled with more than a dozen antique cabinets displaying
memorabilia. On the walls hang numerous domestic and foreign movie posters, as well as other memorabilia
to the novel and motion picture.
Gone With the Wind-themed Christmas tree is decorated with dozens
of GWTW ornaments and more than 40 8-inch Madame Alexander dolls.
In memory of Bobbie's friend, JoAnn Elliott Bond, the tree's creator,
the museum celebrates Christmas every day of the year.
In recent years, additional
ornaments and decorations have been added to the tree, thanks to
generous donations to the museum collection - in memory of
Rev. Barbara Gilbert, from her children; and another generous donation
One of the museum's most popular
attractions is a reproduction of Scarlett's green drapery dress, designed by Walter Plunkett and
proclaimed by many to be the most famous costume in movie history.
perfect Jefferson photo-op is standing with Scarlett and Rhett in front
of the doorway of Tara. The mural was hand-painted by Jefferson artist
Created especially for Tara in
Texas II and the event's grand finale, The Dixie Belle Showboat Returns
to Jefferson, you will find a masterpiece by TJ's Custom Kakes of
Avinger, Texas. Covered in fondant icing, the one-of-a-kind
"cake" is a re-creation of Tara and its surrounding buildings
A pair of original
seats from Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, site of Gone With the Wind's
1939 world premiere, invites visitors to rest a moment beneath a large medallion
poster featuring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh as Rhett and Scarlett in their famous "flaming
embrace." Two cases display more than 100 editions of Mitchell's novel, both from the United States and
abroad. A wide variety of GWTW character dolls produced by Madame Alexander and The Franklin Mint delight both
young and old.
Three large cases are devoted to
author Margaret Mitchell and her 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller. Among the items on display are a
signed first edition of Gone With the Wind; a letter from Mitchell on her personal stationery;
a Christmas card, with its original envelope, signed "Love, Margaret and John [Marsh],"
and numerous photographs and biographies of the creator of Rhett and Scarlett.
The museum is home to
dozens of items from the motion picture's original release, including
magazines with GWTW covers, such as Time, Look and Progressive
Farmer ; a Nunnally's "Scarlett Chocolates" candy box; original Atlanta
newspapers featuring coverage of the premiere;
a program from the Atlanta Junior League's Gone With the Wind Ball; wooden nickels, a matchbook,
paint book; a rare movie program featuring Hattie McDaniel as Mammy on the back cover;
an original Hattie McDaniel letter dated January 9, 1940; original
handkerchiefs, scarves, jewelry, perfume bottles and "Scarlett O'Hara"
Six cases devoted to the continuing
of the book and film demonstrate just how much a part of American popular culture the beloved story and its characters have
become. A large glass-front bookcase displays books about the novel, the film and its creators and
The museum is honored to
display a quilt pieced by Bobbie's lifelong friend, Ann Barnes, and quilted
by Denise Givney. This GWTW quilt won 2nd place in
the 2011 Jefferson Quilt Show. Quilting Treasures produced the 100% cotton fabric
used in the masterpiece.
In addition to the movie's
four main stars, visitors can view
of Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Ann Rutherford, Evelyn Keyes,
Rand Brooks, Ward Bond, Fred Crane,
Ona Munson, Mickey Kuhn, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Victor Jory, and
Laura Hope Crews.
in the museum is a child-like mannequin
representing Cammie King as Bonnie Blue Butler.
Miss King was the honored guest at Tara in Texas in
2003, and her last public appearance was
Tara in Texas II in April 2010. The museum proudly
displays Bonnie-related memorabilia including
dolls, figurines, and a vast collection of autographed stills.
The museum is home to an excellent selection
of foreign editions of the novel. On view are copies from Bulgaria,
Chile, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia,
Lebanon, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia,
as well as more than a dozen editions from Great Britain.
A reproduction of
Scarlett's burgundy velvet gown worn to Ashley's birthday party is
surrounded by numerous foreign movie posters. One from Australia is stamped "not suitable for
children." The most stunning poster is a rare 1947 Spanish
lithograph by J. M. Arnau, Barcelona, Spain. Other countries represented include
Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, and Turkey.
The most stunning posters are rare
Scarlett and Rhett 1947 Spanish lighograph
by J. M. Arnau, Barcelona, Spain.
A one-of-a-kind Gone
With the Wind dollhouse, the exterior fashioned after Twelve
Oaks, the Wilkes' plantation, was designed and built by
Danny and Linda Hass, LaGrange, Texas www.countryartsgallery.com.
Mammy, one of 10
character dolls displayed in the mansion, stands in Scarlett's
bedroom at Tara, and Bonnie is playing in her elaborately decorated
bedroom in the
The eight rooms represent
three GWTW houses: the big hall, dining room and
library at Twelve Oaks; the parlor and young Scarlett's bedroom at
Tara; and Rhett's, Scarlett's and Bonnie Blue's bedrooms in the
Aunt Pittypat visits in
Tara's parlor, and the beautifully appointed dining room at Twelve
Oaks awaits the "war talk" scene during the barbecue.
Adults....$3 12 and under....$1
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment
*Occasionally, due to other
this schedule may be modified. If you are
coming to Jefferson specifically to visit
the museum, please call 903-665-1939 in advance.
408 Taylor Street Jefferson, TX 75657
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