Historic Heartland / Juliette

Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site

711 Jarrell Plantation Road
Juliette, GA 31046

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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 and survived Gen. Sherman's "March to the Sea." 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 the buildings to establish Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00PM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $6.50

    Child (under 6) Free

    Group rates available with advance notice. please call 478-986-5172

    Seniors (62+) $6.00

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Antique Steam Engine Demonstration

    Antique Steam Engine Demonstration

    02/07/2015 - 12/05/2015

    Watch one of the few remaining working Talbott stationary steam engines in operation. See if you can make the whistle blow. Explore the saw mill, grist mill, and cotton gin house that this engine once powered, and other farm buildings and houses--all original.

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  • Story of Wool

    Story of Wool

    04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015

    See demonstration of the process of producing wool cloth from shearing the sheep, to dyeing, carding, spinning the yarn, and weaving the cloth, from "sheep to shawl." Includes hands-on activities.

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  • After Event Cleanup

    After Event Cleanup

    04/14/2015 - 04/14/2015

    Assist ranger and other volunteers in removing and repacking clothing items from the 100 Years of Jarrell Family Textiles Exhibit. Snacks and drinks provided. Bring lunch. Call by April 11 to participate.

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  • After Event Cleanup

    After Event Cleanup

    05/19/2015 - 11/10/2015

    Help the rangers clean up after the various events. There are lots of things to wash up and put away. Call to participate.

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  • Family Farm Day

    Family Farm Day

    05/23/2015 - 05/23/2015

    Learn about chores and skills from long ago, such as sewing, blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, gardening, woodworking and other farm activites.

    Saturday, May 23, 2015

    10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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  • Ol' Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation

    Ol' Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation

    07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015

    Put on your red, white and blue, pack a picnic, and spend a day on the farm. Hear the Declaration of Independence at noon and compete in sack race, three legged race, egg toss, and other events. Watch blacksmiths, steam engineers, quilters, and other skills of the past.

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  • Park Beautification Day

    Park Beautification Day

    08/22/2015 - 08/22/2015

    Volunteer to help spruce up Jarrell Plantation in preparation for upcoming special events.

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  • Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation

    Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation

    09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015

    What better way to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Enjoy old time handicraft making demonstrations, learn about how household chores were done, and try some yourself.

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  • Your State Parks Day:  Volunteer at Jarrell Plantation

    Your State Parks Day: Volunteer at Jarrell Plantation

    09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015

    Help the rangers spruce up the herb and vegetable gardens by the Visitor Center. Learn about gardening with native shrubs, and uses of herbs while you work. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Jarrell Plantation. Call if you plan to participate.

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  • Fall Vegetable Garden Planting

    Fall Vegetable Garden Planting

    10/03/2015 - 10/03/2015

    Volunteers can help plant the vegetable garden with turnips, collards, mustard, kale, and cabbage; harvest the remaining vegetables; and see cotton and sugar cane growing. Bring work gloves. Call ahead if you plan to participate.

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  • Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation

    Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation

    11/07/2015 - 11/07/2015

    Have you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice, or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin' day in the country. Watch craft making demonstrations throughout the farm, a steam engine driven cane press, boiling syrup in a huge kettle, woodstove cooking, taffy pull, and enjoy the smells, sounds, and tastes of days gone by.

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  • Help Prepare Griswoldville Battlefield for the Commemoration

    Help Prepare Griswoldville Battlefield for the Commemoration

    11/17/2015 - 11/17/2015

    Come help spruce up Griswoldville Battlefield in preparation for the Commemoration program. Volunteer to landscape, mow, weedeat and pick up trash. Wear work clothes, comfortable shoes, and bring gloves. Call to participate.

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  • Battle of Griswoldville 151st Anniversary Commemoration

    Battle of Griswoldville 151st Anniversary Commemoration

    11/21/2015 - 11/21/2015

    Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman's March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours. Donations are appreciated to help preserve this historic site.

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  • Christmas Candlelight Tours of Jarrell Plantation

    Christmas Candlelight Tours of Jarrell Plantation

    12/12/2015 - 12/12/2015

    Take a 1/4-mile evening stroll to two of the Jarrell family homes with natural decorations and lighting, stories, entertainment around a bonfire and refreshments. Event may be cancelled due to rain or ice.

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  • Jarrell Plantation Candlelight Christmas

    Jarrell Plantation Candlelight Christmas

    12/12/2015 - 12/12/2015

    Experience an 1890's Christmas at night with natural greenery and homemade decorations while visiting two of the Jarrell Family historic homes. Then, warm up at a campfire with spiced cider and listen to stories and singing.

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