Stately Oaks Plantation is located in Jonesboro, just a few minutes away from Atlanta. This antebellum home was built around 1839 and it’s open to the public for tours. Back around 1860, this was the center of a 400 acre plantation.
If you go on a Saturday, your guides are dressed up in antebellum clothing (how did folks wear that many layers in the summer before air conditioning?). As the guides take you through the big house, you learn so much about daily life in the period before the Civil War.
The house has been moved from it’s original location, which was about 4 miles north of Jonesboro. It’s definitely seen it’s fair share of history since 1840, there were even Union Soldiers camped in the front yard during the Battle of Atlanta in 1864. Jonesboro is Gone With The Wind country, as this is the setting for the fictional Tara Plantation. We saw the movie set for Tara a while back, you can click here for that post.
To tour Stately Oaks, you stop first to buy your ticket on the property at Juddy’s Country Store. I loved this old country store! So many cool things in here, it was probably good the tour was about to start or I would have had to buy stuff!
Stately Oaks Plantation is also known as The Orr House, Robert McCord House, and The Oaks. The house was moved to it’s current location in 1972, and there was some vandalism prior to it being restored. Here’s a picture from 1974 of this house (from NRHP).
The interior of the house – it’s 4 rooms over 4 rooms, and the hallway is about 10 feet wide. I spy a vintage refrigerator off in the distance of the hallway picture below.
Can’t take pictures inside the big house, but there are several interesting buildings right around the house to check out – had no idea how many other buildings were here! They have moved and preserved other buildings from throughout Clayton County to the site, which really made for an interesting visit.
This is the original kitchen house to Stately Oaks, they used to put mud in between the beams to keep it warmer in the winter, then remove that in the summer to allow for ventilation – always learn things checking out old houses!
Going inside the kitchen, you can’t help but notice the fireplace in here – imagine how many meals were cooked in here! It was HOT the day I toured here, and I can’t imagine how hot it must have gotten in this building!
Another building that was interesting to see was a Sharecropper’s Cabin. Big change from touring Stately Oaks Plantation big house! Now, they call it a tenant cabin – and that does sound nicer, but it’s a Sharecropper cabin to me. Interesting looking in here realizing how small this living space is.
There were quite a few other buildings to see, including the Bethel School that was relocated here. Walking in here it was so fun looking around a turn of the century one-room school!
There’s even a blacksmith shop and barn here that I had to take a look at.
There’s even several Creek Indian buildings that have been recreated here. I managed to embarrass myself inside one of these Creek Indian spots, walked into a darkened hut and was looking around – a frog jumped right beside my foot and I
calmly nearly jumped out of my skin.
This is one really interesting place to get to tour, and for those in Atlanta, it’s one of the closest plantations you can go and tour. Hope you enjoyed taking a look around Stately Oaks Plantation. This is run by Historical Jonesboro, and have included their link here for all the details about visiting them.
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