Atlanta Day 4: Margaret Mitchell House and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


When we visited the Atlanta History Center, we were given tickets to the Margaret Mitchell House.

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Margaret Mitchell is the author of the novel “Gone With The Wind”. I have never watch this movie legend and after I visited the Margaret Mitchell House, I made it a point to watch the movie. It’s a movie about the survivor of women during the American Civil War.

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The staircase that Margaret Mitchell walked. We were told that she loved to rub the lion head for lucky charm.

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We joined a guided tour who was led by a wonderful story teller. This is what we learned from her:

  • Margaret Mitchell had 2 husbands; her 2nd husband, John was the best man of her first husband. In fact, at a point of time, she was dating both of them at the same time.
  • Margaret Mitchell loved to dance.
  • Margaret Mitchell was a Pulitzer Prize winner for the novel “Gone With The Wind”.
  • Margaret Mitchell was a journalist for the Atlanta Journal.
  • Margaret Mitchell was also known as Peggy.
  • Margaret Mitchell was only 4 feet 11 inches tall.
  • Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With The Wind” while she was house bound recovering from a foot injury.
  • Margaret Mitchell lived from 1900 to 1949; she died of an automobile accident.

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Some of Margaret Mitchell’s childhood artwork and writing.

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The above was the contract for the publishing of the novel “Gone With The Wind”.

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This is just one of the house that Margaret Mitchell lived in before.

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We then walked across the street to visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. It’s a self guided tour. No photography is permitted.

In the museum room, we learned about cash and cheque processing, monetary policy and payment services, etc.

The exhibits in the cash corridor include the evolution of money from barter trade to coin to paper money. There is an exhibit on how to different counterfeit USD20. There is also exhibits of large denomination notes from $100 to $100,000.

There is a cash processing viewing area where we can see cash bus with lots of money and a shredded money fountain.

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Here’s the shredded money for souvenirs. This is not as interesting as the guided tour at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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