Today’s deal takes you on a tour of historic Jonesboro, as seen through the eyes of Margaret Mitchell, then interpreted through the eyes of Civil War historian Peter Bonner. This Groupon gets you $12 tickets for Peter Bonner’s Gone with the Wind Tour, which is normally $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $14 for kids. The tour is a comprehensive look at the history that inspired the novel that inspired the top-grossing film of all time (when adjusted for inflation). Eat it, Titanic.
On the tour, you’ll learn about the real-life inspirations for the characters in Mitchell’s epic novel (we at Groupon prefer Hagrid). You'll also delve into Mitchell's family connection to John Henry—a.k.a. “Doc” Holliday of Tombstone fame. You won’t learn that David O. Selznick made up his middle initial or that Val Kilmer’s portrayal of Holliday is considered the definitive characterization by some Holliday scholars—you have to go to Groupon for that, or other places on the Internet.
Peter Bonner’s Gone with the Wind Tour takes you on this bus to the historic Warren House Old Jail/History Center, and to the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery. The ticket includes admission to the Road to Tara Museum, where replica costumes from the film and Civil War artifacts are on display. Historian and super-secret time traveler Peter Bonner conceived the tour while researching a book about the Battle of Jonesboro; he ensures you’ll get an authoritative, insightful look at how history, fiction, and tours of history and fiction intertwine.
There are a few reviews of the tour on Citysearch, but opinions are unanimous: five stars: