The Most Popular Reasons to Visit Poplar Grove Plantation
Poplar Grove Plantation makes for a wonderful and historical day trip—and is only about a 30-minute drive from your Topsail rental. Southeastern North Carolina's last remaining plantation complexes are open to the public at this North Carolina historic site. Within the Gullah Geechee Corridor of the National Park Service, this former peanut and sweet potato plantation stands as a testament to the skills and labor of its 59 slaves. Tour the house, view the "From Civil War to Civil Rights" exhibit, watch craft demonstrations, visit farm animals, and discover the role of peanuts during your Poplar Grove Plantation experience. Here are few more of the most popular things to do while you're here.
Highlights of Poplar Grove Plantation & Things To Do
Poplar Grove was purchased by James Foy, Jr. in 1795. By 1818, the family had begun growing peanuts based upon the skills of their family slaves bequeathed through marriage and last wills and testaments. Today, the restored 1850's Manor House reflects the architectural and engineering skills of artisan slaves, from the brick foundation to the plaster of Paris ceiling medallions. Immerse yourself in the living history of 19th century life on the plantation and learn while having fun.
Manor House tours occur throughout most of the year with days, times and availability dependent on the season. In addition to house tours, stable tours are offered during the Farmers Market season. Paranormal Ghost Tours happen on full moon and half moon nights from May through October. Candelight tours of the Manor House are also part of the December holiday season. Educational tours for school groups are available with opportunities for overnight experiences as well.
The Farmers Market
Explore this open-air market under the shade trees where local farmers provide fresh seasonal produce, meats and seafood, goat cheese, pickles, pastries and other baked goods, honey, eggs, peanut products along with a wide selection of unique arts and crafts including jewelry, scenic photography, birdhouses, fiber arts, pottery, beautiful baskets—plus plants, fresh cut flowers, NC wines, specialty foods and a whole lot more! Open Wednesdays from 8a.m. to 1p.m. from early April through the end of September.
The Stables at Poplar Grove is home to a variety of farm animals reflective of the 19th century including sheep, goats, pigs, hens, roosters, ducks, turkeys, horses and ponies. The wool from sheep and fur from other animals, such as rabbits, was used to create fabrics for necessities like clothes and blankets. During April through September (during Farmers Market season) the grounds are open and free to the public each Wednesday. The Stables at Poplar Grove is also a foster site for neglected and abused equines.
The Events & Festivals
Each season brings its own unique feel to Poplar Grove Plantation. With the Herb & Garden Fair in the spring, Summer Harvest Festival, October Paranormal Tours, and the Merry Little Christmas Festival in December, these are only a few of the many special events and festivals you can experience during the year. Visit the Poplar Grove Plantation event page for all of the annual activities and happenings, then plan your visit.
The Paranormal Activity
For four weekends in October, Poplar Grove presents an evening to perchance be visited by the spirits of Poplar Grove. Haunts, or haints, of all ages from 1850 through the 20th century continue to hover in and around the Manor House, Tenant House, graveyard and grounds. There are stories of Foy family household haints to share, including a murderous crime of passion. Discover who these phantoms are, and why they’re still here.
The Abbey Nature Preserve
The Abbey Nature Preserve, owned and privately maintained by Foxneck LLC, is dedicated to the memory of Margaret Abbey Foy Moore. Though not affiliated with Poplar Grove Foundation, the trails were once a part of the “old farm road” leading down to the Intracoastal Waterway frequented by the Foy family and their tenant farmers. High and dry trails wind down toward a mill pond. A short walk takes you on a return trip up the sandy road parallel to Scotts Hill Baptist Church. A longer walk takes you across the dam to double back through the woods along the outflow stream to return along the sandy run. A wooden walkway across the pond connects with walking trails on both sides to complete a loop across the dam, through the woods, across the bridge, and through the woods once again to join the main loop.
Weddings, Receptions & More
Generations of couples have been married at this treasured family home. On the National Register of Historic Places, a wedding at one of the North Carolina’s oldest peanut plantations is an opportunity to create your vision upon a blank canvas, whether you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding and/or reception. With a stunning view of the Manor House and large oak trees, wedding ceremonies at Poplar Grove are sure to be an intimate occasion. Catering to couples who favor natural beauty, the grounds provide an amazing backdrop for your fall, winter, spring or summer wedding. Corporate events, parties, and other special gatherings can be held here too making a great venue for all occasions. Visit the Poplar Grove Plantation website for venue pricing, details and frequently asked questions.
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