The South's Most Iconic Plantations
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
The plantation culture of the South was a controversial one, but created some of the most iconic historical structures in the region. But to understand why they were important, you'll need to visit one for yourself.
1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064, USA
Despite how peaceful this front porch may look, its history is rooted in the chaos of the Civil War. Confederate soldiers swept through the McGavock Family's fields in their attempt to overtake the Union in the Battle of Franklin, said to be the...
Edgard, LA 70049, USA
We rented a car and drove out of New Orleans for a day to see some of the plantation Homes. Not being from the South, we wanted to take the opportunity to see a piece of our country's history even with the gloomy knowledge of slavery as part of...
1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
The magnificent avenue of oak trees that greets visitors at Boone Hall Plantation is, on its own, a Charleston must-see. After taking it in, guests can walk through the plantation mansion or take a driving tour of the grounds, which cover 738...
3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090, USA
New Orleans has plenty to distract, but nearby plantation country, with its grand homes, period antiques, and oak-lined drives, is worth a detour. Rent a car and head west along the Great River Road. Highlights include Laura Plantation, where a...
3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
A visit to a Charleston historic plantation is typically on every traveler’s itinerary, but choosing which one can prove difficult. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens makes its case with Lowcountry wilderness rather than tamed rows and...
4580 Rachels Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA
Pictured here is Tulip Grove, just one of the structures on the 1,100-acre site where former President Andrew Jackson once lived and now rests with his wife Rachel. The historic plantation, called the Hermitage, was owned by Jackson from 1804...
400 Rapids dr, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
The Magnolia Plantation traces its mid-18th century origin to the LeComte and later on the Hertzog family.This plantation survived periods of prosperity, poverty, and war. Apart of the famed Cane River Heritage Trail, it is one of the first stops...
1 Commissary Cir, Clarksdale, MS 38614, USA
The Shack Up Inn developed over the past 15 years on the Hopson Plantation in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the cradle of Blues music. Located just 3 miles east of Clarksdale, MS, there are over 30 “units” sprawled in a ramshackle fashion...
Belle Meade Mansion, Nashville, TN 37205, USA
Along with touring this Greek-Revival mansion commissioned in 1845, you can see additional historic buildings on the old plantation including a dairy, horse stable, carriage house, log cabin and gardens. The mansion also has a winery on site and...
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA
For over 45 years, Mount Vernon was the home of American Revolutionary War General and first U.S. President George Washington. By looking and walking around his once 8,000 acre plantation, one can learn about Washington's personal life, character,...
321 Sherman Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA
Prior to becoming a national cemetery, this was a 1,100-acre plantation centered around Arlington House. Built from 1802–1818, it was originally owned by George Washington Parke Custis who designed it as a memorial to his step-grandfather,...
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