“I'll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day,” Margaret Mitchell's character, Scarlett O'Hara, declared from the iconic movie and book, "Gone with the Wind." But where is Tara now that the Civil War is a distant memory and the movie set in Hollywood has long since been dismantled?
Tara currently consists of a bunch of mostly unmarked pieces laid out like a puzzle in a dingy old dairy barn, just south of Atlanta, Georgia.
One man is on a quest to put those pieces back together so that people can relive the magic of that set from the Old South. Peter Bonner considers himself a historian first and a "Gone with the Wind" fan second. He and a group of volunteers sift through old shutters, doors and windows trying to distinguish what part they might've been in the large Southern mansion that was Scarlett O'Hara's house.
It all started when Bonner's dear friend, Betty Talmadge, a former first lady of Georgia, helped purchase the set and bring it to rest on her property that actually looks like something out of "Gone with the Wind."
Talmadge has since passed away, but Bonner remains close with the family and hosts tours on their property, bringing folks to that dairy barn where he excitedly shares the progress he's making restoring the set. And visitors take quite an interest in his work. Bonner says he even had a woman visit all the way from Russia.
Bonner says, "A question that I get asked a lot is, 'Where do you start? When will you know that you finished?' I don't know that I'll ever know that I'm finished. I don't know how long I'll be here. My job is just to do as I can. My plan is to provide tours, which I've already started, to set up some of these pieces in flats... Setting these things up, I've had some people say, 'I'd be overwhelmed or depressed'. Well, one thing I've learned in this project (I never was very good at this growing up, I tend to want to get it done yesterday) is to take it slow and take one piece at a time."
And he's making some amazing progress. Check it out in the video above.