Day 1 You'll See:
- Robert Woodruff Library
- Margaret Mitchell House
- Southern Literary Trail
- Alice Walker Driving Tour
- Flannery O'Connor Home
Explore all the literary glories the South presents, with all the finest homes and libraries in the state of Georgia. Delve into the lives of Margaret Mitchell, Alice Walker, and Flannery O'Connor and learn about the impact they all had on the area in which they live, as well as American literature in general.
Day 1 -
Robert Woodruff Library - Within the Atlanta University Center you will find the highly regarded Robert Woodruff Library, ‘the world’s oldest consortium of historically black colleges and universities’. Open to the public and students alike from 7:30 am to 12 am, this widely used resource center serves as a primary library and research facility for nearby universities such as Spelman, Morehouse, Clark, and Atlantic University Center, also serving as the AUC Consortium and Theological Center. Inside you will find a quite ‘extensive and unique holding of materials on the African American experience’, the archives research center, in particular, holding such beloved collections as the Henry P Slaughter and Countee Cullen Memorial Collections, as well as the popular Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection.
Margaret Mitchell House - One of the most popular historic places to visit while in Atlanta is the Margaret Mitchell House, the home in which a majority of Gone With the Wind was written. The Mitchell House and Museum are located in Midtown near Peachtree Street, first built in 1899. Tudor Revival Architecture is what will be seen at this turn of the century home, a 3-story grandiose historic setting for such a grandiose historic literary feat.Inside you will find a quite ‘apt setting for learning about Mitchell’s motives for writing...and the lifestyle she lived with her husband, John Marsh, in the 1920’s.’
Southern Literary Trail - The Southern Literary Trail is America’s only tri-state literary trail ‘connecting mythic places that influenced great novelists and playwrights of the 20th Century’.Linking literary gold mines in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, the entire Southern Literary Trail continues the inspiration that lived along this path in the past, some of America’s greatest writers creating classic fiction, nonfiction, and drama pieces all along the way. In Mississippi explore Oxford with William Faulkner, hear all about Harper Lee in Monroeville Alabama, and see the famous Margaret Mitchell house in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alice Walker Driving Tour - Explore the life of popular author Alice Walker with the Alice Walker Driving Tour, a premier chance to see all the major landmarks of this author’s life. Alice Walker is most known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, though she was a highly accomplished woman even outside of that feat.Learn all about her trials, tribulations, and many successes on the self-guided drive, the stop spots including Wards Chapel A.M.E, the spot in which she was baptized, as well as the Cemetery. You will, of course, see her home, as well as Grant Plantation, her mother’s birth spot.
Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia Farm - Just a short drive away from Atlanta you will find Milledgeville, former home of highly celebrated author, Flannery O’Connor. Here at the farm, you will learn all about the life of O’Connor as well as the effort to ‘perpetuate her place on the roster of great writers of the 20th century’. Restoring, preserving, and appreciating the final home is the goal of the Andalusia Foundation, an organization that puts on tours of the historic home and farm. Walk around with your group and enjoy the untouched by time beauty of the farm and gardens, the lush property only aided in aesthetics by the country home itself.