A number of dresses are on display including a professionally commissioned replica of the dress worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the famous "Twelve Oaks barbecue scene", the original wool coat, hat and muff worn by actress Cammie King as Bonnie Blue Butler, and a replica of Scarlett O'Hara's wedding dress, which was marketed and sold in 1940.
Props and memorabilia fill the museum to its limits, lining the walls, drawers, and even the ceilings. Props include actual call sheets from the film’s production, as well as numerous pieces of costuming and accessories and displays in tribute to Butterfly McQueen and Hattie McDaniel (the first African American to be nominated and win an Academy Award).
The museum pays tribute to Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone With The Wind. She wrote only one book, being one of the most successful books of all times. This book was the catalyst for the movie, which won ten academy awards and is still one of the top grossing films when discounted for inflation.
This is the highlight of the GWTW Remembered museum for “Windy” fanatics, or any aficionado of dolls or Victorian dresses. The collection of GWTW dolls is by far the most valuable and rare part of this entire museum, as it contains almost every doll made after (and even some made before GWTW premiered). Most of the 600+ dolls are Madame Alexander’s, and the rest are from other doll makers, all in mint condition.
Memorabilia includes a theater seat from the premiere of GWTW in the now razed Atlanta Loew’s Theatre in 1939, tickets from the event, a number of displays featuring signatures from cast members, and even a telegram from Vivien Leigh.
There is a display about General Patrick Cleburne, the namesake for the city of Cleburne, Texas. You will see his very rare original signature. You will also learn about the Cleburne connection to GWTW.
Since the Civil War is such a pivotal aspect of GWTW, we thought it appropriate to include a display dedicated to the event. Also documents with the original signatures of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis are a part of the collection.
The museum pays tribute to Herb Bridges (1929-2013). He wrote, co-authored or edited seven books about Gone With The Wind. Herb’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the novel and the film was unmatched. He was the ultimate authority on all things Gone With The Wind.
The gift shop has hundreds of GWTW and related items that are available for purchase. There are both vintage and new products from which to choose: dolls, figurines, books, key chains, magnets, t-shirts, artwork, and many other treasures.