I make it no secret that I am a fan of Hollwoods golden years. Sadly, much of the nostalgia, artefacts and movie sets from the era have been lost or destroyed. Therefore, I was thrilled to learn that the movie home of Scarlet O'Hara, the iconic 'Tara', in 'Gone with the Wind' has recently been rediscovered and is now being restored.
Vanity Fair reports...
There are fewer movie homes more iconic than Gone With the Wind's plantation estate, Tara. But unfortunately, after the classic movie was done filming, the set (yes, we regret to inform you that the house is really just a facade), traded hands several times over the years. Eventually, it ended up sitting idly inside a barn in Georgia, collecting dust.
But as of recently, Tara may have a second life after all. Vanity Fair reports that Civil War historian Peter Bonner has taken on the task of rebuilding and restoring this piece of movie magic. And the job is an arduous one: Right now, it's in more than 100 mismatched, impossible-to-replicate pieces. Plus, Bonner refuses to use any glue:
"If it comes out that all of this needs to be taken apart and taken to the Smithsonian one day, they aren't going to be putting my picture on the wall with a big X over it!" he told Vanity Fair.
Eventually, Bonner hopes to make the rebuilt Tara the crown jewel of his Gone With the Wind bus tour. And being that it hasn't been standing for 50 years, we bet he'll attract lots of the movie's fans who yearn to "go home" to Tara, just like Scarlett O'Hara.