Clayton County Covention and Visitors Bureau
Atlanta's True South!
Clayton County CVB
104 North Main Street
Jonesboro GA 30236
Phone: 770-478-4800 or 1-800-662-7829
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Just 15 miles south of downtown Atlanta lies the heart of the true South: Clayton County, Georgia, where heritage comes alive! Clayton County's ideal location along Interstate 75 provides excellent access to the excitement of Atlanta as well as the scenic main streets of historic small-town Georgia.
On the first pages of the novel Gone With The Wind, the small community of Clayton County is written into history. Margaret Mitchell set her literary classic here because the stories of Clayton County's past were what inspired the people and places at the heart of her novel. Now known as the Official Home of Gone With The Wind, Clayton County has evolved from the small plantation community Margaret Mitchell wrote about into a modern city all the while maintaining its small town charm and hospitality. Visit Clayton County and experience Old South Heritage and New South Culture.
Road to Tara Museum and Historic Tours
Visitors to the Road to Tara Museum view memorabilia from the movie and book like replica costumes, manuscripts, photos and authentic movie props. Exhibits describe the importance of the Battle of Jonesboro to the fall of Atlanta during the Civil War. The museum offers two historic mini-bus tours. The Southern Belles and Whistles Tour highlights 150 years of history and heritage and tells the captivating stories behind the historic district. The Gone With The Wind Tour explores details of Margaret Mitchell’s famed book and its unique ties to Jonesboro. A few of the sites along the tours are the Confederate Cemetery, Old Jail and homes that tell the stories of the Battle of Jonesboro.
Stately Oaks Plantation
No visitors experience is complete without a trip to Stately Oaks Plantation, one of the homes that inspired Margaret Mitchell’s beloved Tara. Built in 1839, its rooms are well-appointed with period antiques and decor. In addition to the main house, visitors can see rare outbuildings; a country store, one room schoolhouse and original log kitchen. This historic home is open for tours daily and offers visitors a glimpse of life during the mid-1800s.
National and State Archives
Enjoy finding out about our history? Seek out your own at the National Archives and the Georgia State Archives where the famous, infamous and anonymous of years past may be found. Visitors to the archives can seek out their own history through historic documents and photographs. The National Archives safeguards the treasures of America's past and the Georgia Archives preserves the state's most important documents. A visit here is a must to anyone seeking to trace their family history.
Even with our close proximity to Atlanta, you will still find lots of nature and outdoor adventures. The Newman Wetlands Center- a birdwatchers favorite, is a scenic location with walking trails, education exhibits and a perfect place to picnic. Reynolds Nature Preserve is another beautiful location that offers four 1/2 mile loped walking trails amongst tall oaks and pines. You may even have a squirrel, rabbit, or other wildlife creature cross your path.
Clayton County International Park offers a spring-fed 6 acre lake and sandy beach. The Beach is open during the summer, however, the park can be enjoyed year round. Beach volleyball fans can enjoy playing where the 1996 Olympic athletes competed for gold. And the surrounding park includes a 17-court tennis center, outdoor playgrounds, fishing lakes, walking and biking trails and group picnic areas.
Arts and culture play a large part in the everyday lives of residents and visitors. Spivey Hall, a world-renown performance facility has presented the finest in jazz and classical music to metro Atlanta since 1993. This intimate and acoustically superior venue boasts an organ with over 4,000 pipes and host concert series throughout the year. Arts Clayton Gallery on Jonesboro's main street is the best place to find art made by Georgia artists. View the murals on the side of Arts Clayton's building, these murals depict important people and stories of Jonesboro's past.
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