Visiting Southern Plantations
5/4/2009 3:02:44 PM
The Tallahassee area is home to America’s largest concentration of original Southern plantations. There are more than 300,000 acres and 71 plantations between Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia, just 28 miles away.
The Tallahassee area is home to America’s largest concentration of original Southern plantations. There are more than 300,000 acres and 71 plantations between Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia, just 28 miles away. For people who frequent home tours across the U.S., Tallahassee is the perfect destination to take in all of the history, culture and heritage that Southern manors have to offer. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you visit some of our favorite estates:
Walk in the Footsteps of Great Men
The Pebble Hill Plantation is an extravagant home that possesses all the grandeur and beauty a Southern mansion should. When you visit Pebble Hill, you will be following in the footsteps of presidents. Pebble Hill hosted both Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter. Wander the grounds where pines and magnolias throw long shadows across lush green lawns and gardens. The main house features 19th-century furniture, porcelain, silver, crystal and glassware. The vast grounds include a kennel, firehouse, cemetery, log cabin schoolhouse and brick stables. For more information, click here.
Revel in the History
Have Tea on the Veranda
One of the finest antebellum plantation houses ever built in this region, the Goodwood Museum and Gardens has an elaborate history filled with family feuds and numerous owners. This gracious 1834 home even spurred a Croom vs. Goodwood lawsuit that pitted in-laws against each other. Once a cotton and corn plantation, the estate now welcomes you to view its beautiful gardens and main house. The original art collections and furnishings are all original to the estate. For more information, click here.
Stand Between the Columns
Experience true Southern hospitality while enjoying a fascinating lecture on the Paxton House Museum & Inn’s wonderful collections. Antique crystal chandeliers and fine art from around the world all contribute to the museum-quality collections. The highlights of this home include a vast wraparound porch where you’ll breakfast, and a tight circular staircase that you’ll descend for afternoon tea and lemonade socials. For more information, click here.
Step Back In Time
With six magnificent imported Corinthian columns, the Brokaw-McDougall House built in 1856 is a striking vision to behold. This home remains a fine example of antebellum architecture because few alterations have been made to the building over the years. Fourteen-foot ceilings, plaster moldings and ornate gas light fixtures are just a few of the interesting features you’ll find. For more information, click here.
To enter the Knott House Museum is to step back into the splendor of the Victorian Era. The Knott House served as a temporary Union Headquarters in 1865 and is the location where the Emancipation Proclamation was first announced. This historical home is complete with original furnishings. Be sure to check out the kitchen with vintage electric appliances. For more information, click here.