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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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  • It was a great History Lesson on a day we where just out on a drive! Lots of historic buildings to see.  more »
  • If in the area, this is a must see plantation for historical reasons. Half day activity with films, info and walking trails through the whole plantation full of houses, mills and other sites.  more »
  • Unlike the rare plantations of Gone with the Wind, Jarrell Plantation is the way most farmers lived in nineteenth and twentieth century middle Georgia. You visit the plantation through a self guided t...  more »
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  • Very informative on how people used the land and what technoligies were available to survive and to thrive. The visitors center offers great information regaurding the family and ask the staff about some of the back story. I was very impressed with Jarrell Plantation. 10/10!
  • 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.
  • Very informative. Especially on the plantation technology that was built and used. The people were all very nice with genuine Georgia charm and accent.
  • The museum talks as if the family built and maintained everything on this land. John Jarrell enslaved 39 black people, for over 600 acres! I wonder how the slaves survived through the 1860s typhoid fever outbreak, General Sherman, emancipation, and Reconstruction. After the Civil War, the Jarrell family continued to farm with now "former" slaves, and he increased the farm to nearly 1,000 acres. Wish we knew more about their names, ages, and lives.
  • Very interesting "how-to" when shtf happens. Get a steam engine ready. The EMP won't crash it. NO FULFILLMENT IN LIFE WITHOUT HARD WORK. No fulfillment in video games, making money, going social club churches, internet activities ... No satisfaction fulfilling life without hard work. Let this place show you fulfillment and survival.
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