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Stately OaksStory and photos by Judith Royce American Roads Travel Magazine
When you think of the color red, the synonym
scarlet may come to mind. But in
We were fortunate to meet the embodiment of Miss Scarlett herself while visiting Stately Oaks Plantation, a meticulously preserved Greek Revival home built in 1839, 100 years before the premiere of the film, Gone With the Wind. and was a prominent landmark back in the days of Rhett Ashley, Melanie, Scarlett and the War Between the States.
Gone With the Wind author
Margaret Mitchells family, the Fitzgeralds, lived in
Today, this home, which survived the Civil
War and was moved to
That Stately Oaks was spared, later becoming home to the Robert McCord family before beginning a new life as a local attraction and a listed property on the National Register of Historic Places, is remarkable enough in itself. That it has been so faithfully restored and preserved makes it a treasure.
As you walk onto the property off
Inside the handsome house, you almost expect the McCord family to be at home. The dining room table is set, the sitting room appears to have a card game in progress, even the beds upstairs are neatly made. Some say that an occasional Confederate ghost can be seen roaming Stately Oaks halls!
Then comes the best experience of all, if you visit on a tour that offers dinner. You will dine on authentic country fare including Scarletts Fried Chicken, Rhetts Prize-Winning Sweet Potatoes, Mammys Baked Potato, Melanies Green Beans and much more.
Dancing comes next, with period-costumed docents and tour guide leading the way. We did the Virginia Reel non-stop to the tunes of an excellent banjo player. What fun!
While you are being caught up in the sense
of truly being at
Stately Oaks is so appealing that if I had my druthers, Id return there tomorrow. But tomorrow is another day!
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