From local lore and musical medleys to edible artistry and magnificent murals, Georgia’s Plantation Trace is a diverse region boasting many personalities. Enjoy interpretative arts and theatrical performances, discover historic treasures brimming with tales, and explore elegant plantations and Civil War museums.
Pebble Hill Plantation
A visit to Pebble Hill Plantation is sure to result in an awe-inspiring and memorable experience for all who enter the plantation's gates. Pebble Hill has been called a Georgia Belle. This stately architectural beauty stands proudly amid the magnolias and long leaf pines of southwest Georgia. Pebble Hill Plantation covers 3,000 acres and dates to 1825. The plantation was changed from a working farm into a winter home for the Hanna family of Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1800’s. The present Main House, featuring Georgian and Greek Revival architecture, was built in the 1930’s. The Main House furnishings include prime antiques, Audubon prints, and a wealth of sporting art. The Main House tour is a guided tour that takes approximately 1.5 hours. Visitors may take a self-guided grounds tour of the seventy-seven acres open to the public. www.pebblehill.com
The Parks at Chehaw and Wild Animal Park
The Parks at Chehaw provides nearly eight hundred acres of fun, including one hundred acres dedicated to Chehaw Wild Animal Park. This AZA accredited zoo was originally laid out by noted naturalist Jim Fowler of TV's Wild Kingdom. Chehaw Wild Animal Park features natural habitat exhibits with native and exotic animals including rhinos, cheetahs, lemurs, servals, alligators and many more. Children will also enjoy a visit to the petting zoo and riding the miniature train. The Parks at Chehaw also feature nature trails, BMX bike racing, camp grounds, RV camping hook-ups with electricity and water at each site, and one of Georgia's largest play parks for kids. www.parksatchehaw.org
Historic Downtown Moultrie
A visit through downtown Moultrie will charm you at first sight. Specialty shops, antiques stores, and restaurants line the streets. Designated on the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Moultrie has recently been awarded a $1 million grant for landscape and sidewalk improvements. The famed Colquitt County Courthouse sits in the center of downtown Moultrie, built in 1902. Once voted the prettiest courthouse in Georgia, it has recently been restored to its original splendor. Events are held year-round downtown, including the annual Spring Fling Festival, annual holiday festivities, and award-winning lighted, nighttime Christmas parade. www.downtownmoultrie.com