Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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.

Upcoming Events
Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Spruce Up the Herb Garden - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Fall Vegetable Garden Planting
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
After Event Cleanup
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Help Prepare Griswoldville Battlefield for the Commemoration
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Battle of Griswoldville 151st Anniversary Commemoration
Civil War History Event
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Jarrell Plantation Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 5 PM to 8 PM

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