This private tour located at the Bates-Irving home features owner, Mrs. Frances Irving, a descendant of Margaret Mitchell, author of the American fiction bestseller, “Gone with the Wind”. Mrs. Irving shares family insights into the life of the famous author during this tour of her private residence. Guests will be treated to an authentic taste of the south with mint julips and other southern delights. The Bates-Irving home is a beautiful plantation home located at 508 Fort Avenue in Minden, Louisiana. It is also one of the oldest, best preserved and maintained homes in north Louisiana. It was built in 1845 by Colonel William Bates, who purchased the land from Charles Veeder, the founder of Minden.