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Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Historic Site 478-986-5172

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"Dating back to 1847, through generations of family members, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site is one of the last remaining examples of a vanishing culture with its authentic nineteenth and early twentieth century plantation buildings typical to Middle Georgia representing the change from an agricultural to an industrial based economy."

Nestled in the red clay hills of Georgia, this cotton plantation was owned by a single family for more than 140 years. It survived Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” typhoid fever, the cotton boll weevil, the advent of steam power and a transition from farming to forestry.

In 1847, John Fitz Jarrell built a simple heart pine house typical of most plantations and made many of the furnishings visitors see today. In 1860, the 600-acre plantation was farmed by 39 slaves. After the Civil War, John increased his land to nearly 1,000 acres farmed by former slaves. As John aged, most workers left and the slave houses deteriorated and disappeared.

After John’s death, his son, Dick Jarrell, gave up teaching to return to the farm, and in 1895, he built a small house for his family that grew to 12 children. Dick diversified the farm, adding a sawmill, cotton gin, gristmill, shingle mill, planer, sugar cane press, syrup evaporator, workshop, barn and outbuildings. In 1974, his descendants donated these buildings to establish Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site.

Historic Site Hours:

Thursday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Last tour begins at 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $6.50
- Seniors (62+): $6.00
- Youth (6–17): $4.00
- Child (under 6): Free
Group rates available with advance notice.


• Museum & Film
• Plantation Buildings
• Gift Shop
• Picnic Area
• Bus Parking
• Geocaching

Nearby Attractions:

• Antebellum Trail
Griswoldville Battlefield
High Falls State Park (camping)
• Historic Macon, Georgia
• Hitchiti Experimental Forest
Indian Springs State Park (camping, cottages)
• Lake Juliette
• Old Clinton Historic District
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
• Whistlestop Café, Juliette

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Note: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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History Trail GeoTour - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
In honor of National Trails Day, we challenge visitors to complete our special History Trail GeoTour. Never geocached before? This is a great way to get started. All you need are good walking shoes and a prize/keepsake to trade when you unlock the geocache box. No GPS required.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
National Get Outdoors Day Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Take a walk on our 0.5 mile trail through the historic plantation buildings and look for various clues and questions. Visitors that complete the hunt will earn a prize.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Summer Canning Workshop
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Monroe County Extension agent, Dana Lynch, will be leading a hands-on canning workshop that will go through canning basics with a step by step recipe. All materials and ingredients will be provided. Program fee includes workshop and historic site admission for the day. Space is limited. Call park office to register in advance.  $10. 478-986-5172.
Ol' Time Independence Day
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Put on your red, white and blue, pack a picnic, and spend a day on the farm. Hear the Declaration of Independence at noon and have some ol' time fun with outdoor games, races, and ol' time skill demonstrations.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Come “let off some steam” by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation ‘Mill Complex’, a signal used to communicate between Jarrell’s manning different work positions throughout the mill. See our stationary steam engine in action and experience live steam that puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past.  $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Labor Day Folklife Festival
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Experience first hand the daily chores needed to run a farm and reward your labors with games and music.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Special Opening for Green Tomato Festival
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Planning to attend the Green Tomato Festival in Juliette? Be sure to visit Jarrell Plantation while you're in town! In conjunction with the festival, we will be open all weekend for festival goers to tour the farm.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Have you ever wondered how sugar cane syrup is made? Find out how in times past farmers made their very own. Sip on fresh sugar cane juice while watching the syrup making process and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Come experience Syrup Makin' Day in the country.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Battle of Griswoldville Anniversary Commemoration (OFF SITE PROGRAM)
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
This event will take place at Griswoldville Battlefield 30 miles east of Jarrell Plantation. Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. The event includes soldier life portrayals and encampments, battlefield tour, and a memorial service at noon. 478-986-5172.
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Take a nightly stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. You will have the chance to visit two of the historic homes of the Jarrell family and enjoy natural greenery and homemade decorations along with warm cider and cookies.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Road
Juliette, GA 31046
Jones County

GPS Coordinates:
N 33.052850 | W -083.723150

Located southeast of Juliette, 18 miles from I-75 Forsyth exit #185 or 18 miles north of Macon exit #171.

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Road
Juliette, GA 31046 View Details

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

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