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.

Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
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’s. Live steam puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past.  $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
You "Can" Christmas Canning Workshop
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Want to make a one of a kind gift for your loved ones this holiday? Try our Christmas Canning Workshop. Learn the methods of making homemade jellies and take what you make with you. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please call park office to sign up.  $5. 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 with spiced cider..  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.


Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Rd.
Juliette, GA 31046

711 Jarrell Plantation Rd.
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.
(478) 986-5172


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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Posted 7/27/2000 12:00 AM
Updated   11/16/2015

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