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Jarrell Plantation, Juliette

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The Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site is a cotton plantation and state park in Juliette, Georgia, United States. Located in the red clay hills of the Georgia piedmont, the site stands as one of the best-preserved examples of a "middle class" Southern plantation. The Jarrell Plantation's buildings and artifacts all came from one source, the Jarrell family, who farmed the land for over 140 years. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It is a Georgia state park in Jones County.HistoryBefore the Civil War, the Jarrell's farm was one of the half-million cotton farms in the South that collectively produced two-thirds of the world's cotton. Like many small planters, the Jarrell family benefited from the development of the cotton gin in 1793 by Eli Whitney, which made it practical to cultivate heavily seeded, short-staple cotton even in hilly, inland areas of Georgia.John Fitz Jarrell built the first permanent structure on the site in 1847. Typical of antebellum cotton plantations, John Jarrell ran the farm with his family and slave labor. By 1860 John Jarrell operated the 660acre farm with the labor of 39 slaves. Although primarily a cotton plantation, the farm also provided food crops and grazing for livestock. During the turbulent decade of the 1860s, the farm survived a typhoid fever outbreak, General Sherman, emancipation, and Reconstruction. After the Civil War, John Jarrell continued to farm with the help of former slaves and he increased the farm to nearly 1000acre. The former-slave laborers began leaving the farm in John Jarrell's final years.
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  • 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 »
  • its nice to stroll around and visit the many houses, sheds and working areas while reading about everything you see in the guide book you get there for the touring. Visiting is not a must but if you p...  more »
  • The Jarrell Plantation was much more typical of a southern plantation than the Gone with the Wind version. My great-great grands had a neighboring plantation to the Jarrells and it was similar in size...  more »
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  • Staff very informative. Good for an afternoon
  • 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.
  • Wonderfully enlightening example of a common southern plantation. Plan on a moderate to lengthy amount of walking along the well tended trail to view the various builings and machinery accumulated in the years the Jarrell family worked the land and unfortunatly people. This and a short run up the road for some Fried Green Tomatos will nicely fill an afternoon.
  • We really loved visiting this plantation that was family owned and with a great history. Wish we had known of the bed and breakfast ahead of time that is offered on the property. That would have been wonderful to stay at, but didn't learn of it until we got there and had other plans previously made for that night. Another time we will stay over.
  • Great example of your average Southern plantation - not the rich style mansion, but how the real people lived, this park offers insights and examples into the hard working life of a southern plantation owner - hard for all. Some of the machinery there is very old, and shows how the South depended upon Northern factories for cast iron and machined goods. As an example of some good ol' boy ingenuity there is a car cut in 'half' which was modified to use for powering their machines. Expect do some some up and downhill walking; not all the paths have been paved. We went on an off-season Sunday and while not crowded, there were a few people there. Apparently they also host some exhibitions regarding iron smithing and southern cooking over a cast iron firebox stove. A nice enjoyable visit, and be sure to pick up a printed 'guide' to help you along. Also some nice photo ops in the loft of the barn if you can catch the light just right. Pleasant.

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