Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
Historic Site 478-986-5172

NOTICE: Jarrell Plantation is open Thursday-Saturday only.

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 State Historic Site.

Hours: Thursday-Saturday / 9AM-5PM
Last tour begins at 4PM.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:
- Adults - $6.50
- Seniors (62+) - $6.00
- Youth (6-17) - $4.00
- Child (under 6) - free
Group rates available with advance notice.

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


Note: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Winter Canning Workshop
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
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.  $10. 478-986-5172.
Antique Car Show
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
While walking the trail, see car models spanning the era of the plantation and enjoy music, food, door prizes and stationary steam engine demonstrations.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
The Jarrell 1920 House - Jarrell Plantation's Hidden Gem
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Built by Benjamin Richard Jarrell, the Jarrell 1920 House is now a Bed&Breakfast owned and operated by members of the Jarrell family. This special program will give guests an exclusive tour of Jarrell Plantation's Hidden Gem along with the entire plantation. Gates will be closed once the tour begins, so register in advance.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Hidden Gem
Family Farm Day
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
National Trails Day - History Trail GeoTour
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
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.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
National Get Outdoors Day Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Take a walk on our 0.5 mile trail through the historic plantation buildings and look for various clues and questions. Visitors that complete the hunt will earn a prize.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Ol' Time Independence Day
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Labor Day Folklife Festival
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Special Opening for Green Tomato Festival
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Planning to attend the Green Tomato Festival in Juliette? Be sure to visit Jarrell Plantation while you're in town! In conjunction with the festival, we 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 5, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Have you ever wondered how sugar cane syrup is made? Find out how in times 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.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Battle of Griswoldville Anniversary Commemoration (OFF SITE PROGRAM)
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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. 478-986-5172.
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
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.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Rd.
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.

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Rd.
Juliette, GA 31046 View Details

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

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