Frankly, my dear – the answer is…

2013-07-19 002ed2A few days ago, I posted Identify the movie this is related to.

Alan G, of course, knew the answer, because he lives in the city where this old attraction resides.

Grannymar apparently knew the answer, saying she was “whistling down the wind in the wrong direction” imageand “I’m back again, but I’m ‘gone’ I don’t give a damn,” the last, I’m sure, in reference to Rhett Butler’s closing line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

The Old Mill appeared for just a few seconds in the opening credits of the civil war era  Gone with the Wind. The mill appears at 1:31 in the video below.

The Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park – An authentic reproduction of an old water-powered grist mill, this striking structure appears in the opening scene of the classic 1939 film Gone with the Wind and is believed to be the only building remaining from the film. Built in 1933; designed to look old so it would appear as if it was built the 1800s. The park is decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree branch-entwined bridge that connects the mill to the rest of the park. Senor Dionico Rodriguez, a sculptor and artist of Mexico City, was responsible for all the details of each piece of concrete work made to represent wood, iron or stone, as well as the designing of the foot bridges and rustic seats. The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Old Mill vicinity was probably quite rural when it was built.  Now, though, it is in a very urban area – in a nice, quiet residential neighborhood.

A tour from the air via a drone:

The Old Mill from Tim Donar on Vimeo.

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12 comments… add one
  • Hilary Mar 31, 2014

    Hi Mike – I hate to say it .. but I’ve never seen Gone with the Wind – I guess I should be shot?! I’ll have to come back to see the drone tour .. I saw one on Bucharest .. and it was fun to see .. if drones are used this way then fine!

    Cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Mar 31, 2014

      It’s a long movie. I’ve seen it a few times over the years. Like any historical movie, there are a lot of inaccuracies and it tends to perpetuate some Lost Cause myths, glorifying an American South that never really was.

  • Grannymar Mar 31, 2014

    Mike you know me too well! It is not often I manage to get the correct answers and I was wondering if it was a trick question in the first place!
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    • Mike Mar 31, 2014

      No trick. Your “answers” were great clues and I’m surprised no one else figured it out from them.

  • Rummuser Mar 31, 2014

    Even though it has been a mighty long time since I saw the film, I could not have come up with the answer.
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    • Mike Mar 31, 2014

      Even if you had seen it recently, it’s only there for such a short period of time, few people would remember it.

  • Karen Mar 31, 2014

    he told me I couldn’t place a clue because everything I said would give it away! I have read the book several times and watched the movie several times as well – a classic!

    • Mike Mar 31, 2014

      Clark Cable and Vivian Leigh as a clue were just like saying the name of the movie.

      I did provide one obscure clue: Ó hEadhra and butuiller

      O’hara is derived from the Irish Ó hEadhra and

      Butler is an Anglicisation of the French surname Boutilier

  • Alan G Mar 31, 2014

    Great finale to your question Mike. Enjoyed Tim’s video. I’ve got a collection of photos I have taken at the Old Mill myself. Such a beautiful location, especially at certain times of the year.
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    • Mike Mar 31, 2014

      Thanks, Alan. We’ve stopped by there a few times over the years. This picture was from last summer after we picked our grandson, Utah, up at the airport. We had met his aunt (our daughter Mel) at McDonalds on McCain (by Target) and, from there, we had all gone over to the Old Mill.
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  • Cheerful Monk Mar 31, 2014

    I was clueless even about Grannymar’s help! So what else is new? 🙂
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    • Mike Mar 31, 2014

      It is a very obscure connection, unless you’ve visited there or otherwise have some reason to know about the Old Mill.

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