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Callaway Plantation, Washington

#70 of 170 in Historic Sites in Georgia
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The Callaway Plantation is an open-air museum featuring several historic houses and other structures that is located in Washington, Georgia, U.S.A. The site was formerly a working plantation, owned by a family named Callaway since at least 1785. In its heyday, the plantation was 3,000 acres (12 km2) in size. The museum site is a 56-acre (230,000 m2) area containing the main houses that was donated by the family to the city of Washington in the 1980s. Additional buildings were moved to the site to represent typical plantation buildings. The museum is operated by The City Of Washington, Ga.

The main building is a brick mansion built by the Callaway family around 1860 out of Georgia red clay. Some of the original furniture is in the house.

The family's first home on the plantation was a log cabin built by Job Callaway in 1783. It burned down, but a cabin of similar design from the same era has been moved to the site. It consists of one room with a sleeping loft.

The family's second home still stands on the site, a two-story Federal Plain style house that they built around 1790. It features period furnishings and decorations.

Other structures include an 1891 one-room schoolhouse, an 1840 slave cabin, and a 1930 general store, all moved to the site from elsewhere in Georgia. There is also a corn crib, a house for making bricks, and a smoke house.

The site is located across from the Washington-Wilkes airport, but otherwise appears from photographs to have a pleasant rural flavor.

A small admission fee is charged. Tourist items are sold at the general store, which also serves as the information center.

The buildings feature furniture, tools, and other items characteristic of the old times.
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  • Very informative tour of the every day life back in the late 1800s. Very hard life for people back then. Their ingenuity is amazing. We were the only people their and got a really great tour. Our...  more »
  • Callaway plantation is of historic interest. Lots of old buildings have been moved here and can be toured. Don't miss the beautiful homes in the in the city of Washington too!!  more »
  • Love this place. Amazing stunning and wow
  • Very interesting history of life back then. Go in the fall and pick some cotton, makes great Christmas tree ornaments!

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