Rice and tobacco are not the only cash crops that helped shape the south lands. Peanuts and peanut plantations were also quite popular in North Carolina during the 1800’s.
Visitors to Wilmington, North Carolina that would like to get an up close and personal look at what it was like to live and work on a circa 1800’s peanut plantation would do well to add “Poplar Grove Plantation” to their travel itinerary.
What follows is a brief description of the plantation and its offerings.
Features of Poplar Grove Plantation
Considered to be one of the more ancient of North Carolina’s peanut plantations, “Poplar Grove” was the former home of over six generations of the Foy Family.
Built in the 1800’s in a classic Greek revival style, this two story plantation home is a delight to the eyes. Visitors will marvel at the early craftsmanship taken in carving out the home’s Black Walnut spiral staircase, heartwood pine porches and distinct crown molding and medallions made from horsehair and plaster.
In addition there are 12 fireplaces and a plethora of gas lamps that once kept this 4,284 square foot, two story plantation home lit and warm.
Once out of the main house there is a kitchen, tenant farmer’s cabin, weaver’s shop, blacksmith shop and magnificent nature trail to explore.
The nature trail is part of 67 acres of pristine land known as “Abbey Nature Preserve.” The “Abbey Nature Preserve” nature trail will take visitors through a variety of terrain including forests, fields and bottom lands replete with indigenous wildlife, flora and fauna.
Hours of Operation and Admission
The “Popular Grove Plantation” is open year round with hours and admission varying by season. Currently hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and on Sundays from Noon until 5:00 pm.
As of 2010 admission to “Poplar Grove Plantation” is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child between the ages of 6 through 15.
Visitors should also be mindful that the plantation hosts several special events throughout the year that are worth considering like the December 6th, 2010 “Plantation Christmas” and the seasonal “Farmer’s Market” and March 2011 “Herb and Garden Fair.”
Hours of operation, event details and admission fees are subject to change without notice therefore visitors would be wise to call and confirm details in advance of one’s trip.
Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 Highway 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28405
Those that would like to learn more about the other historic attractions Wilmington, North Carolina has to offer should log onto the state’s tourism website.