Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Historic Site 478-986-5172

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"Dating back to 1847, through generations of family members, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site is one of the last remaining examples of a vanishing culture with its authentic nineteenth and early twentieth century plantation buildings typical to Middle Georgia representing the change from an agricultural to an industrial based economy."

Nestled in the red clay hills of Georgia, this cotton plantation was owned by a single family for more than 140 years. It survived Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” typhoid fever, the cotton boll weevil, the advent of steam power and a transition from farming to forestry.

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 these buildings to establish Jarrell Plantation Historic Site.


Historic Site Hours:

Thursday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $6.50
- Seniors (62+): $6.00
- Youth (6–17): $4.00
- Child (under 6): Free
Group rates available with advance notice.


• Museum & Film
• Plantation Buildings
• Gift Shop
• Picnic Area
• Bus Parking
• Geocaching

Nearby Attractions:

• Antebellum Trail
Griswoldville Battlefield
High Falls State Park
• Historic Macon, Georgia
• Hitchiti Experimental Forest
Indian Springs State Park
• Lake Juliette
• Old Clinton Historic District
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
• Whistlestop Cafe, Juliette

Note: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Water Works
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Learn about and experience a variety of chores that required water and participate in games using this precious resource.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Soak It In
Guided Tours of Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
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Learn about the Jarrell family, the agricultural operation, and how the switch to industry kept the plantation afloat. Jarrell Plantation offers self-guided tours every Thursday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and guided tours one Saturday morning of each month. Guides may be requested in advance for group tours.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Plantation Cleanup
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Historic structures often require some TLC. Join our Interpretive Ranger to help clean and care for the historic site. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers will receive site admission for the day. 478-986-5172.
Labor Day Folklife Festival
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Experience the daily chores required to run a farm, reward your labors with music and games, and visit with a few local vendors.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Drop-Spindle Workshop
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
"Spin"d the afternoon with volunteers learning how to use the drop-spindle, one of the earliest methods of spinning yarn and thread. All materials are provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Friday, September 8, 2017.  $10. 478-986-5172.
How'd They Do That?: Making Candles
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Prior to 1879, electric light bulbs did not exist. In this hands-on workshop, learn how families produced beeswax and tallow candles to illuminate their homes. Program fee includes workshop and site admission for the day.  $5. 478-986-5172.
Handicapped Accessible
The Days and Times of Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Learn about slavery, the Civil War, industrialization, WWI and WWII, and the boll weevil infestation as living historians and volunteers explain how these events affected the Jarrell family and society as a whole. See military encampments and witness a raid on the 1847 home.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
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.  $4–$6.50 478-986-5172.
Green Tomato Festival Special Opening
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 9 AM to 5 PM
Be sure to visit Jarrell Plantation while you are in Juliette for the Green Tomato Festival. In conjunction with the festival, the plantation will be open all weekend for festival goers to tour the farm.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
See how the Jarrell family made their very own cane syrup in one of the original kettles. Sip on sugar cane juice and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Freshly made, hot syrup will be available to take home and enjoy at the end of the day.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Battle of Griswoldville Commemoration (Off-Site Program)
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia Militia to halt Union General Sherman's March to the Sea in November 1864. See soldier life portrayals and encampments, take a tour of the battlefield, and stay for a memorial service at noon. This event will take place at Griswoldville Battlefield, 30 miles east of Jarrell Plantation. 478-986-5172.
How'd They Do That?: Making Soap
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Keeping clean has always been essential to remaining in good health. In this final segment of our "How'd They Do That?" series, discover how families made their very own soap to wash up after working all day in the fields. Program fee includes workshop and site admission for the day.  $5. 478-986-5172.
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Take a leisurely stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. See two of the historic homes gently dressed in natural greenery and homemade decor and enjoy warm cider and cookies alongside a campfire.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Road
Juliette, GA 31046
Jones County

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.052850 | W -083.723150
Located southeast of Juliette, 18 miles from I-75 Forsyth exit #185 or 18 miles north of Macon exit #171.

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Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Road
Juliette, GA 31046 View Details

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site