|view of downtown Atlanta from library garden|
|entrance to library and museum|
As we came out, it was already after 3pm, so decidedly hungry. While Fred was getting out his phone and Urbanspoon to find us our next stop, I asked a security guard if he had any recommendations. We ended up just a block and a half away at a local eatery, Manuel's Tavern. As the guard said and it was indicated outside, this place had been here since 1956. Whew, whew!! Well it looks like all kinds of locals, politicos and film folks have eaten here and signed photos for the owner. Oh, by the way, the owner died in 2004 and is now in an urn on the mantle over the bar! I love it, especially since I always tell my kids that I want to be in urns on their mantles......
Food was really good and atmosphere friendly. The end of another good day in Atlanta.
Saturday, we went off to hunt down the inspiration for Tara. We found it in Jonesboro, Ga - Stately Oaks. This house was in Margaret Mitchell's neighborhood and was part of her inspiration. She grew up in this area and heard lots of Civil War stories from the old folks who had lived during the times. Yes, some of them were still alive and living in the same spot. The house had been built in 1839 a few blocks from its current location. It was moved to where it is now, when the land it was built on was sold to a Ford dealership. Modernization was happening in Jonesboro. Anyway, the house was saved and all the furniture was donated to the house.
It was nice, not anything on the grand scale of what we had previously visited in Louisiana and Mississippi. We toured the house with a bus load of tourists from Norway!
After Jonesboro, we headed back to Atlanta to see the Atlanta Cyclorama. This is an enormous painting that was done about the battle of Atlanta, specifically one day, July 22, 1864. It is enormous, 5 panels of floor to ceiling painting mounted in the round. You sit in the center of the room on a platform that moves you around to view the whole painting. It is actually a diorama, with story and music playing as you are turned to view it. Quite a visual undertaking and worth seeing. In the museum part there is another video showing the work to do some restoration that took place in the 1970s. Very interesting.
And surprise to us, the other train in the Great Train chase, the Texas is located in this museum. So we completed the circle of that story. (see previous posting for more info)
Another good day in this area. There is so much to see and do in this area, it is chock full of history.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!