Poplar Grove Plantation
The staff at Poplar Grove is dedicated to helping students understand and appreciate what life was like in the 1800s on a southern plantation and how lives and times have changed from the days when handmade & homegrown was the norm.
Educational programs are designed to meet
Competency Goals for the Common Core State & NC Essential Standards.
Schools can choose from a variety of programs that bring history to
life for students of all ages.
THINGS YOU MAY SEE & DO, DEPENDING ON THE TOUR OPTION YOU CHOOSE:
Orientation for all teachers
will begin in
the gift shop; follow the brick walkway to the back of the manor house,
Built by Joseph Mumford Foy, circa 1850, after the original manor house was destroyed by fire in 1849. The manor house brings to life the history of the Foy family through period furnishings and a guided interpretation.
Circa 1850. Used for smoking meat, a form of food preservation during a time when there was no refrigeration.
Kitchen & Herb Cellar
Circa 1850. The cooking was done in a separate building, away from the manor house, due to the threat of fire. The herb cellar, an underground level of the kitchen, was used to dry and store herbs used in cooking.
Circa 1930. Tenant farming became popular after the civil war when there were few jobs except farm work, and remained so until after WWII. This two-room house was moved to its present location and restored in 1980.Gardens (in season)
Display gardens on site include herbs,
vegetables and flowers, dye plants, peanuts, tobacco and cotton at various times of the
Housing a collection of antique farming tools, equipment used around the early 1900s for peanut production and harvesting, plus exhibits on peanut and forestry products this building focuses on the plantations agricultural heritage.
Basket Making Studio
A large variety of baskets, materials and techniques are used here to interpret the skill and history of basket making.Blacksmith Shop
The blacksmith shop produced nails, hardware and tools. Repairs to farm equipment, wagons and the shoeing horses were also done here.
The weaving studio depicts traditional skills necessary to make yarn and fabric for clothing, linens, rugs and other textiles.
Visit with our varying menagerie of goats, sheep, ponies, geese, chickens and more.
A ride on the hay wagon through the plantation fields and woods takes you through areas of the original estate.Gift Shop
Lots of interesting and unique toys and memorabilia to take home as a reminder of your visit. Picnic & Playground Area Area
Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. School groups are welcome to use the picnic tables for lunch and the playground for break-time.