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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 Historic Site.

Upcoming Events
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
How'd They Do That?: Making Paper
Handicapped Accessible
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Antique Engine Day
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Family Farm Day
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Plantation Pigs and Pickin' Competition
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Ol' Time Independence Day
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Labor Day Folklife Festival
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
How'd They Do That?: Making Candles
Handicapped Accessible
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Your State Parks Day - Fall Gardening
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
How'd They Do That?: Making Soap
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM