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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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  • See my review regarding the Lands and Legacies Tour and Mike (our tour guide). A visit to the Plum Orchard Mansion on the Northern End of the Island was included as a part of the tour.  more »
  • So amazing to see what the Carnegies did to make life bearable in the wilderness! An ice machine! A swimming pool with steps going all the way down like a staircase. Tiffany lamps made for the mansion...  more »
  • You need to sign up for the tour if you want to see the inside of the house but the grounds are perfect for a picnic  more »
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  • 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!