Historic Heartland / Juliette

Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site

711 Jarrell Plantation Road
Juliette, GA 31046

478-986-5172
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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

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    75

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Winter Canning Workshop

    Winter Canning Workshop

    02/27/2016 - 02/27/2016

    Our workshop will include discussion of proper canning techniques, safety, and a hands-on step by step recipe. You will bring home a jar of the final product. Space is limited. Call office to register in advance. Fee includes all canning materials, historic site admission for the day, and a ranger-led tour of the plantation.

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  • Antique Steam Engine Demonstration

    Antique Steam Engine Demonstration

    03/05/2016 - 03/05/2016

    Come "let off some steam" by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation 'Mill Complex', a signal used to communicate between Jarrell's manning different work positions throughout the mill. See our stationary steam engine in action and experience live steam that puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past.

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  • Story of Wool

    Story of Wool

    04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016

    Visit this authentic plantation to witness the entire production of wool cloth including carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving. Enjoy hands on demonstrations and learn what it takes to go from sheep to shawl.

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  • Antique Car Show

    Antique Car Show

    04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016

    See car models spanning bygone eras and enjoy music, food, door prizes and stationary steam engine demonstrations. While walking the trail, you'll also see an 1847 house, sawmill, cotton gin, sugar cane press, barn and more. Antique autos from 1979 and earlier are invited to participate.

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  • Family Farm Day

    Family Farm Day

    05/28/2016 - 05/28/2016

    The farm comes to life with volunteers demonstrating crafts and chores of the past. See the skills from long ago, such as sewing, blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, gardening, woodworking and many other farm activities.

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  • National Trails Day - History Trail GeoTour

    National Trails Day - History Trail GeoTour

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    In honor of National Trails Day, we challenge visitors to complete our special History Trail GeoTour. Never geocached before? This is a great way to get started. All you need are good walking shoes and a prize/keepsake to trade when you unlock the geocache box. No GPS required. For more information, visit: www.gastateparks.org/HistoryTrail-GeoTour

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  • Ol' Time Independence Day

    Ol' Time Independence Day

    07/02/2016 - 07/02/2016

    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 have some ol' time fun with outdoor games, races, and ol' time skill demonstrations.

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  • Labor Day Folklife Festival

    Labor Day Folklife Festival

    09/03/2016 - 09/03/2016

    How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Experience first hand the daily chores needed to run a farm and reward your labors with games and music.

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  • Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation

    Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation

    11/05/2016 - 11/05/2016

    Have you ever wondered how sugar cane syrup is made? Find out how past farmers made their very own. Sip on fresh sugar cane juice while watching the syrup making process, and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Come experience Syrup Makin' Day in the country.

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  • Battle of Griswoldville Anniversary Commemoration (OFF SITE PROGRAM)

    Battle of Griswoldville Anniversary Commemoration (OFF SITE PROGRAM)

    11/19/2016 - 11/19/2016

    This event will take place at Griswoldville Battlefield 30 miles east of Jarrell Plantation. Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. The event includes soldier life portrayals and encampments, battlefield tour, and a memorial service at noon.

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  • Candlelight Christmas

    Candlelight Christmas

    12/10/2016 - 12/10/2016

    Take a nightly stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. You will have the chance to visit two of the historic homes of the Jarrell family and enjoy natural greenery and homemade decorations along with warm cider and cookies.

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