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
A historic plantation, Carnton played a crucial role in the Battle of Franklin in 1864. During the pivotal clash, the house served as a large field hospital for some of the more than 1,750 Confederate soldiers who ultimately lost their lives over...
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
President Andrew Jackson owned this historic plantation, called the Hermitage, from 1804 until his death in 1845. Located about 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, the 1,100-acre site includes a mansion that has been meticulously restored with...
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...
5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, USA
At this old plantation, you can tour a Greek Revival mansion commissioned in 1845, plus see additional historic buildings like a dairy, horse stable, carriage house, and log cabin. The mansion also has a winery on-site and hosts daily...
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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