NOTICE: Jarrell Plantation is open Thursday-Saturday only.
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.
Hours: Thursday-Saturday / 9AM-5PM
Last tour begins at 4PM.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Historic Site Admission:
- Adults - $6.50
- Seniors (62+) - $6.00
- Youth (6-17) - $4.00
- Child (under 6) - free
Group rates available with advance notice.
• Museum and Film
• Plantation Buildings
• Gift Shop
• Picnic Area
• Bus Parking
Note: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Ol' Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation|
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 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 compete in sack race, three legged race, egg toss, and other events. Watch blacksmiths, steam engineers, quilters, and other skills of the past. $4.00-$6.50 478-986-5172.|
Fall Farm & Garden Cleanup|
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
|Show your support for state parks and historic sites by joining volunteers caring for the vegetable, herb, and flower gardens and the historical farm buildings and furnishings at an authentic middle Georgia plantation. Free for volunteers and their families. Refreshments supplied by Friends of Jarrell Plantation. Free for volunteers and participants. Others $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.|
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation|
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
|Have you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice, or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how in times past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin' day in the country. Plus craft making demonstrations throughout the farm. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.|
A Jarrell Plantation Christmas|
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
|Greenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.|