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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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  • 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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