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JONESBORO
Georgia, U.S.A.
HOME OF TARA’S PLANTATION
Welcome to Jonesboro, Georgia.
The City of Jonesboro is located in Clayton County, around 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. The city is home to around 5,000 people and was incorporated in 1859. In 1823, the town was established as Leaksville, and was the site of a crucial point in the nation's history during the Civil War. The final fall of Atlanta in the Battle of Jonesborough propelled Abraham Lincoln to re-election and continued the war just until the Confederacy surrendered the next year. The town was named Jonesboro in honor of the railroad official Samuel G. Jones of the Macon and Western Railroad, which came to the city in 1846. The tiny city made itself a name on the map with the 1936 novel Gone with the Wind, which included several scenes from the county. The imaginary plantation of the protagonist Tara was supposedly located right outside Jonesboro, and hence the city became somewhat famous. In addition, the city comprised the location for the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit and later We are Marshall. Jonesboro has seen lots of positive development recently, and today the city offers plenty of recreation and amenities. A sure cultural classic is the Road to Tara Museum, located in the History Train Depot from 1867. The museum will take you back to the time of the Civil War and of course, Margaret Mitchell's literary tribute to her ancestral home. Entertainment and education can be had at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, which is one of the most distinct performing arts venues in the country. The venue is completely operated by the citizens of Clayton County, in cooperation with the Clayton County Board of Education. Outdoor recreation is plentiful, with the Beach at Clayton County International Park offering a large park featuring a 6-acre swimming lake. The lake also entails an adventure pool, slides, a sandy beach, tennis court and an abundance more. Golf lovers should definitely visit the 18-hole championship golf course at the Links Golf Club, or the John Baker designed Pebble Creek Golf Course. The latter measures 5855 yards and features 3 sets of tees for various handicaps. Also check out the Heritage Trail, the Southern Belles & Whistle Tour and Gone With the Wind Tour to learn more about the town's history, its heritage and of obviously the epic book!
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