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Savannagh, Georgia: known for its tasteful grandeur and graceful splendour

A road trip from Atlanta to Savannah through the state of Georgia reveals the rise and fall of the old South, writes Isabel Conway

My Gone with the Wind fantasies of a grand plantation house – all towering columns, balustrades and a sweeping staircase down which Scarlett O’Hara might skip, welcoming “y’all” to America’s deep south – are about to be shattered.

“Folks come here expecting the grandeur of Hollywood-style plantation homes, but not everything you see in the movies is true to real life,” warns the guide at the historic Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation outside Savannah, Georgia. “Our Miss...

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