Georgia plantations have a rich and fascinating history. They
emerged from the past tainted by the dark history of slavery and
exploiting forced labor. Nowadays, their legacy seems a bit forgotten.
Throughout the years the plantations in Georgia have been transformed
into sites for tourists. When visiting these plantations, one
can combine a historic trip with some time for relaxation.
Archibald Smith Plantation
Archibald Smith Plantation Home
This plantation was originally set up in 1838 in Roswell. The
plantation grounds, the original buildings and the original 19th-century
home survived the Civil War untouched. Three generations of the
Smith family preserved whatever they owned - thanks to that, when
the plantation re-opened as a museum in the early 1990, the visitors
could admire the original items as they were over 150 years ago.
Historic Jarrell Plantation
This plantation is located northeast from Macon in Juliette,
Georgia. Established in 1847, the plantation was famous for its
cotton production. Gradually it developed into a large farm, containing,
among other things, a mill, a sugar cane press and some workshops.
In 1974 the Jarrell family descendants donated the plantation
to the State of Georgia. The renovated Jarrell Plantation now
welcomes guests from all over the country, offering a peaceful
rest in beautiful surroundings.
Sweet Home Plantation
This historical, 19th-century plantation is located in Pine Mountain,
Georgia. The main attraction on the grounds is the Greek Revival
home, dating back to 1840. The beautiful grounds surrounding the
home include a three-acre lake - an ideal, romantic place for
a wedding. At present weddings and receptions are the main functions
held at Sweet Home Plantation.
Originally a two over two plain-style farmhouse, the Washington
Plantation home was set up in 1828. The house was gradually developed
into a larger residence, surrounded by oaks, hickories, elms and
other ancient trees. In 1865 both Confederate and Union armies
camped at the plantation. Nowadays Washington Plantation is a
luxurious bed and breakfast home, ideal for romantic weekends
away. In 2006 the Washington Plantation was voted among the Top
10 American Romantic Inns!
Established in 1840, this plantation is perfectly nested among
the centuries-old trees and groves. Known in the past for their
cotton, tobacco, snap beans and potatoes, Woodlawn Plantation
used to be one of the main suppliers of such crops in the whole
country. The crops are now gone, but one can still see some cattle
grazing idly in the tranquil environment. Nowadays the Woodlawn
Plantation offers superb accommodation for the guests from all
Pebble Hill Plantation
Pebble Hill's history goes as far as the 1820s. Initially a successful
farm, Pebble Hill in Thomasville, Georgia, experienced tough time
after the Civil War. In the 1880s Thomasville became a popular
winter resort and Pebble Hill Plantation began to prosper again.
Inhabited by its owner until the second half of the 20th century,
Pebble Hill was eventually sold and turned into a museum in 1983.
Now people from all over America visit this plantation to admire
its beautiful gardens and extensive grounds.
These Georgia plantation homes are some of the richest in historical
context. For those who are into Southern history or Civil War
buffs, a trip to a Georgia plantation might just be the ticket
to spark one's imagination.