March 1 – Peachtree St.

signs on way to work ….
mine? “exit to Peachtree St”
yep, in Atlanta

When Scarlet lived with Aunt Pittypat, they lived on Peachtree Street.

The Peachtree name is common throughout the Atlanta area.

In fact, it is often said that half of the streets in Atlanta are named Peachtree, and the other half have five names to make up for it. This is not a joke, but true. You can been at an intersection and all four roads have different names

There are 71 streets in Atlanta with a variant of “Peachtree” in their name. Some of these include:

Peachtree Creek Road
Peachtree Lane
Peachtree Avenue
Peachtree Circle
Peachtree Drive
Peachtree Plaza
Peachtree Way
Peachtree Memorial Drive
New Peachtree Road
Peachtree Walk
Peachtree Park Drive
Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Valley Road
Peachtree Battle Avenue (commemorating the Battle of Peachtree Creek)
Peachtree Dunwoody Road (running between Peachtree Street and Dunwoody, Georgia)
Old Peachtree Road (traces part of the route of the original Peachtree Trail for which the road is named)

Another odd little piece of trivia, Gone With the Wind was shot almost entirely on the same back lot where the Andy Griffith show was shot. The house next to Andy Taylor’s house is Aunt Pittypat’s. This house was also used for the exteriors of the famous ‘Haunted House’ (Barney Fife: With an axe. Gomer Pyle: An axe? Shazam… ). Not much of the exterior of the house actually appears in Gone With the Wind and I had to search to find a view.

Fleeing Atlanta, standing on the steps of the ‘Haunted House’

This view, looking down the street as Rhett and Scarlet drive away with Melly in the wagon is looking down the same street that Atticus Finch walks down in To Kill a Mockingbird – His front porch is also Andy Taylor’s front porch … which kind of works, doesn’t it?

Finally, I work in downtown Atlanta. Actually, I work in Midtown it’s called. Between Downtown and Buckhead.

At work I listen to ClassicFM, an online radio station from London. Occassionaly they will play movie music and once when they played the TARA THEME from GWTW, I emailed them that due to the magic of the WWW, I was in an office, a mile from Margaret Mitchell’s apartment listening to the Gone With the Wind music from London and I got a response. Not sure if it was read on the radio.

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