Sitting in the heart of Margaret Mitchells “Gone With the Wind” Stately Oaks, a Greek Revival style house is a lovely mansion built in 1839 by Whitmell Allen. Traveling south for the Florida Flywheelers show, we stopped at this lovely home to learn more about life around Jonesboro and during the Civil War.
During General William T, Sherman’s devastating March to the South, the city of Jonesboro was right in the path of the destruction. “Twenty-five hundred men lost their lives during the Battle of Jonesboro that was fought August 31 – September 1, 1864,” the guide at the visitor’s center in Jonesboro shared.
The battle helped cement the fall of Atlanta. Stately Oaks originally was located four miles north of Jonesboro on 404 acres. The guide at that offered our tour share3d, “During the civil war it was a landmark for both Northern and Southern troops, and Yankee soldiers camped in the fields around the house during the Battle of Jonesboro.”
We found the house interesting and enjoyed the outbuildings that have been moved to the site. The buildings include the original log kitchen, Juddy’s Country Store and the Bethel School House. Open daily for tours and special events. Call (770)-473-0197 for information.