The term "plantation" brings to mind a long tree-lined drive ending with a mansion-sized white house with columns supporting the front. A place where, before the War, the property-owning family maintained their traditions while their workers maintained the fields. And cotton was King. Well, there was that, but I discovered there were more of what I came to think of as "middle-class" plantations. Such is the old Jarrell Plantation in Juliette, Georgia. The family donated the properties to the State of Georgia in 1974, keeping the "new" house in the family and running it as a B&B.
A mural on the foundation of the visitors center showing the layout of the property behind you.
The barn and garden: the row of tall plants is sugar cane.
Down the hill is the sawmill, cotton gin, boiler for the steam engines, and other things for the working plantation. Up on higher ground are each of the houses, built by the different generations.
The "new" house.
The sawmill used to make lumber for the surrounding neighborhood include a nearby church.
Wheat storage bins
Really you need to explore this place yourself. And go on one of the weekends when the historical interpretors are there. If you find any more online about this, please leave links in the comments. You are given a guide in a three-ring binder while you tour the grounds, but there are no pamphlets to bring home. Thus the lack of details describing the photos.
This was the first of my trips this summer. More to come as I catch-up.