Plum Orchard Mansion, Cumberland Island

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Plum Orchard is an estate located in the middle of the western shore of Cumberland Island, Georgia, USA. The estate and surrounding area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Designed by Peabody and Stearns for George Lauder Carnegie, it was formally dedicated on October 6, 1898. Peabody and Stearns also designed various additions to the mansion in the several following years, probably in 1906.After George Lauder Carnegie died, his widow, Margaret Copley Thaw, remarried and moved to Africa. Most of the original furnishings were sold, and furniture from Dungeness was brought in to furnish the house. The house was then occupied by the Johnston family, from Nancy Trovillo Carnegie Heaver/Johnston's branch of the family.The estate is now part of Cumberland Island National Seashore.The mansion includes a rare squash tennis court.
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  • July 21, 2017
    It's amazing that a 20,000 sf mansion like this was built back in 1898!!!!!! Pay attention to what Mike from the Land & Legacy tour is saying and don't just walk around in awe. It's tempting, but you ...  more »
  • July 7, 2017
    For anyone interested in seeing America's Downton Abbey, this is a great place to start. Take a look behind the curtain to see how the wealthy and famous lived. It's an experience worth sharing.  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    visited as part of Land and Legacies Tour (6 hour by van); temperature was hot, but tour of house thorough, interesting, informative.  more »
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  • February 8, 2017
    It may be difficult to visit, but once you get there it is a rich reward. I recommend visiting anytime except July, because the house has original furnishings, original materials, and no AC. Your tour will be small and your guide will answer questions, it is very nice!

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