In 1937, Gone With the Wind director George Cukor and interior decorator Hobe Erwin asked Margaret Mitchell to take them to locations that inspired her. She knew she had to bring them to Marietta to see the home of her long-time friend Sallie Camp. When they arrived at Tranquilla (c. 1849), Hobe Erwin began taking notes and making sketches of various architectural details throughout the home. After their visit, Margaret wrote Sallie to say that she wanted George Cukor and Hobe Erwin “to see a home that had beauty and grace and tradition,” and that Tranquilla had “all those things and more.” Margaret went on to write, “I was so anxious for the movie people to see Marietta and Marietta people, for Marietta, to me, is really so beautifully old South.”
Photo by Jim DiVitale
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