History buffs will find going on a tour of Georgia plantations to be both fascinating and enjoyable.
Georgia is the home of many historical sites and famous plantations. Before embarking on a tour, get to know the sites you would want to visit.
Pebble Hill Plantation
Located in the extreme south of Georgia, Pebble Hill Plantation is a very large estate that was a working plantation in the antebellum era. It was a hunting retreat for the wealthy back in the 19th century. Today, Pebble Hill Plantation is being maintained as much as it was in the 20th century. Self-guided tours are allowed and welcome; however, if you want to explore inside the main house, you must be a part of a guided tour.
Located near the small town of Washington, the Callaway Plantation is a living history museum with its buildings that were built in the 1700s. The main house and four other homes on the plantation are open for tours. The property is still used to grow crops in some fields and the main house still has no electricity or modern plumbing to take you back to how Old South plantations looked and felt like.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
This plantation is different from the rest as it is a simple middle-class plantation, unlike the other expansive estates. It is maintained by the state park system and is open to the public for plantation tours. This property was preserved from the Civil War since it was tucked into the hills, a distance away from main towns, roads and rail lines. It now stands as a hidden treasure, with tours only available on certain days of the week so it is recommended that you call ahead before visiting. The only accommodation for miles around, called Jarrell 1920 House, is the privately operated bed-and-breakfast run by the descendants of the Jarrell family.
Melon Bluff and Dunham Farms
Formerly known as the Palmyra Plantation, the estate now stands as a nature preserve and vacation retreat in the coastal region of Georgia. Since the 18th century, the land has been in the same family and has been passed on from generation to generation. Melon Bluff is a wonderful nature preserve that boasts in its prime wildlife viewing spots and long miles of nature trails. Dunham Farms, located just next door, is a place where guests can stay in the inn that used to be Palmyra’s Barn. The staff offers historical and eco tours that include kayaking, birding expeditions, and the Plantation Heritage Walk, a one-hour guided tour through the grounds that speak of history and rich stories of the past.
Stately Oaks Plantation
If you are familiar with Gone With the Wind’s fictional “Tara”, Stately Oaks Plantation is the closest existing land resembling it. Margaret Mitchell, the writer of the said novel made into a film, spent her summer vacations as a child in this estate and it is believed that this land was her main inspiration for Tara. Tours for the public are provided by docents in period costumes.