In the middle of a Henry County, Ga. farm there sits an old Southern mansion. Near that mansion is an old concrete cow barn and that is where Peter Bonner discovered “a land of cavaliers and cotton fields.”
"It did make my heart jump just a little bit," Bonner told WSB-TV’s Berndt Petersen.
Bonner discovered thousands of pieces of lumber, that put together, made Hollywood history.
"It was a massive house,” Bonner said.
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That house, more commonly known as Tara, is the star of one of the most famous films of all time – "Gone with the Wind".
“I’m a history guy. I love history. I love the tales,” Bonner said.
And he can tell those tales.
“This is that front window that we see in the opening scene. Fred Crane, my friend who was Stuart Tarleton, and Vivien Leigh. Melanie is sitting on the side porch with the soldiers who are walking home and being fed there."
Bonner showed Petersen more of the Hollywood treasure.
"Over here, this is one of the big windows that Hattie McDaniel stuck her head out of."
It's all there. The movie set was taken out of Tinseltown back in the 1950s and later purchased by Betty Talmadge, wife of Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge, and hidden away in their old barn.
Bonner hopes one day, all who love that old movie will have a chance to see what is left of the mansion.
"All I know to do is to let folks know it's still here,” Bonner said.
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