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The following are in the order of the road trip in the accompanying article. Be sure to call the spots before visiting, as hours vary greatly and can change.

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EATONTON: Maps of the Alice Walker Driving Tour are available at the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 105 S. Washington St., 706-485-7701. The tour starts on Wards Chapel Road east of its intersection with Old Phoenix Road; five signs mark her childhood church and family cemetery, a childhood home, her birthplace and the home where her mother was born.

The Uncle Remus Museum (Highway 441 in Turner Park, three blocks south of the town square, $1) marks the career of Joel Chandler Harris. Info: 706-485-6856, http://www.uncleremus.com/museum.html. Turnwold Plantation (366 Old Phoenix Rd., nine miles northeast of Eatonton), where Harris once worked, is a private residence not open to the public, but it's marked by a state historic marker.

Eatonton tourism info: 706-485-7701, http://eatonton.com.

MILLEDGEVILLE: Flannery O'Connor's family farm, Andalusia (Highway 441, four miles northwest of Milledgeville, free), is a 544-acre estate that includes the O'Connor home and walking trails. Info: 478-454-4029, http://www.andalusiafarm.org.

To see the Flannery O'Connor Room, a collection of O'Connor's personal belongings, visit the museum at Georgia College & State University (21 N. Clarke St., free). Info: 478-445-4391, http://www2.gcsu.edu/library/sc/foc.html.

Milledgeville tourism info: 800-653-1804, http://www.milledgevillecvb.com.

COLUMBUS: The Smith-McCullers House Museum (1519 Stark Ave., free), the childhood home of Carson McCullers, is open to the public by appointment. To schedule tours, contact 706-327-1911 or e-mail mccullerscenter@colstate.edu. Info: http://www.mccullerscenter.org/center.htm.

Columbus tourism info: 800-999-1613, http://www.visitcolumbusga.com.

MORELAND: The Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum (East Camp and Railroad streets, $2) is on Moreland's town square. Info: 770-254-8657, http://newnan.com/ec.

Moreland tourism info: 800- 826-9382, http://www.explorecoweta.com.

ATLANTA: Wren's Nest (1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW; $8) is the former home of Joel Chandler Harris; there's storytelling at 1 p.m. each Saturday. Info: 404-753-7735, http://www.wrensnestonline.com.

The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum (990 Peachtree St., $12) includes a tour of a replica of the house and Mitchell's apartment, a collection of her letters and photographs, and the "Gone With the Wind" Movie Museum. Info: 404-249-7015, http://www.gwtw.org.

Atlanta tourism info: 800-285-2682, http://www.atlanta.net. -- J.S.S.


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