Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
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.

Directions

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.

Address
711 Jarrell Plantation Rd.
Juliette, GA 31046
Jones County
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Phone
478-986-5172

Sew a Simple Doll
Saturday, May 16, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Return to simpler times by learning to sew a Miss Poppet doll. The required doll kit is $7.99 plus tax. 478-986-5172.
After Event Cleanup
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
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Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Help the rangers clean up after the various events. Lots of things to wash up and put away. Call to participate. 478-986-5172.
Family Farm Day
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
The farm comes to life with volunteers demonstrating crafts and chores of the past. Learn about chores and skills from long ago, such as sewing, blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, gardening, woodworking and other farm activites.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Juneteenth Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Emancipation with living history farm demonstrations and a focus on the African American contribution of Georgia agriculture adn food, music, arats, and southern culture. Enjoy the outdoors even more by packing a picnic lunch.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Introduction to quilting on the big frame and basic hand piecing in conjunction with monthly meeting of the Plantation Quilters Guild 478-986-5172.
Ol' Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
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.
Park Beautification Day
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Volunteer to help spruce up Jarrell Plantation in preparation for upcoming special events. 478-986-5172.
Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Enjoy old time handicraft making demonstrations, learn about how household chores were done, and try some yourself.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Your State Parks Day: Volunteer at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Help the rangers spruce up the herb and vegetable gardens by the Visitor Center. Learn about gardening with native shrubs, and uses of herbs while you work. Lunch provided by the Friends of Jarrell Plantation. Call if you plan to participate. 478-986-5172.
Fall Vegetable Garden Planting
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Volunteers can help plant the vegetable garden with turnips, collards, mustard, kale, and cabbage, harvest the remaining vegetables, and see cotton and sugar cane growing. Bring work gloves. Call ahead if you plan to participate. 478-986-5172.
Make a Corn Shuck Doll
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Learn to make a corn shuck doll. Accompanying adults are encouraged to help tying square or granny knots.  $5. 478-986-5172.
Green Tomato Festival
Sunday, Nov 1, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
In conjunction with the Juliette Green Tomato Festival, Jarrell Plantation will be open for people to visit the farm on both Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 9am-5pm.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
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.
Help Prepare Griswoldville Battlefield for the Commemoration
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Come help spruce up Griswoldville Battlefield in preparation for the Commemoration program: landscaping, mow, weedeat, pick up trash. Wear work clothes and shoes, bring gloves. Call to participate. 478-986-5172.
Battle of Griswoldville 151st Anniversary Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Civil War History EventPresenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours... 478-986-5172.
Christmas Candlelight Tours of Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 5 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Take a 1/2-mile evening stroll to two of the Jarrell family homes with natural greenery and homemade decorations, stories, entertainment by a campfire and spiced cider and cookies.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Jarrell Plantation Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 5 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Experience an 1890's Christmas at night with natural greenery and homemade decorations while visiting two of the Jarrell Family historic homes. Then warm up at a campfire with spiced cider and listen to stories and singing.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Contacts
Bretta Perkins
706-468-2805  Interpretive Ranger, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Marty Fleming
478-986-5172  Historic Site Manager, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site

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