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Jarrell Plantation, Juliette

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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.

Jarrell Plantation is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
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Jarrell Plantation Reviews

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  • We loved our visit. Great historic site well maintained and a great staff. We went during COVID so it was not allowed to go inside but they grounds are awesome. It’s a big place but an easy...  more »
  • The story is great, and many thanks to the family for their generosity. The grounds are okay. Be prepared for uneven ground and depending on the direction you choose either a very steep uphill or...  more »
  • Visiting here was a great experience. I spent 2 hrs just walking thu the 20 original structures and looking at everything. I was amazed. This family owned all of this for over 125 yrs. Bought in 1847....  more »
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  • Rustic and historical buildings laid out roughly on a circle in hilly wooded area ,many interesting historical items inside buildings, living history actors a nice touch. Visitor Center many items for sale that were of Interest,the staff friendly and infomative
  • My husband's family grew up in South Georgia with a tobacco farm. Watching him explore the site and see things from his grandfather's house and farm was magical for me. It was a spur of the moment trip this time but so worth it. Can't wait to go back again!!!
  • Interesting historical place. Good walk, self guided tour of the plantation. Makes you realize real quick how easy we have it in 2018. A cheap way to spend the day and learn something.
  • Authentic plantation village, machinery, animals, crops, furnishings in a beautiful setting. Get your steps in and stroll back in time.
  • A nice couple of hours. Nice old plantation tour. 15-minute movie on the history and overview of the property. Then follow the trail to see the old houses, barns, mills, etc. Not many places like this, anymore.

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