Pebble Hill Plantation
Pebble Hill Plantation
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Pebble Hill Plantation is an estate of 3,000 acres located in Thomasville, Georgia. With two distinct eras, Pebble Hill Plantation is rich in its history and its beauty. Established in the 1820's by Thomas Jefferson Johnson, it survived the Civil War and Reconstruction. Johnson's daughter Julia Ann Mitchell continued to own the historic Pebble Hill until the 1890's. Pebble Hill's modern history begins with its acquisition by Howard Melville Hanna from Cleveland, Ohio in 1896. At that time Thomasville had become a resort area frequented by northern visitors. Hanna's daughter, Kate Hanna Ireland Harvey was given Pebble Hill in 1901 by her father. She enjoyed the site as a winter home and shooting plantation and developed Pebble Hill as it is today. After Mrs. Harvey's death in 1936, the property passed to her daughter, Elisabeth Ireland Poe, who died in 1978. Through her generosity, a private foundation was established so her beloved Pebble Hill could be enjoyed by the public.
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  • L N
    Fort Myers, Florida90 contributions
    Number One Must See in Thomasville!
    The Pebble Hill Plantation was the Best Part of our visit to Thomasville, George. There is an amazing story behind this incredible 3,000 acre plantation. Presidents and royalty have visited this winter home for the upper crust before it was donated and opened as a museum. The $16 guided tour was well worth it and helps to preserve this incredible 16 bedroom 19 bath mansion. Don’t miss this number one attraction! We also went to the Thomasville Rose Garden and the 300 year old big oak. Eat at Jonah’s and SASS and you’ve got a nice 2 night getaway!
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2021
  • jbtraveller2000
    Atlanta, Georgia373 contributions
    VERY NICE VISIT TO A MORE GENTEEL TIME
    Had a very nice visit to a place , I 've wanted to see since I was a kid .The Manse is magnificent , and takes you back to when the wealthy really enjoyed their leisure. This place began as a farming plantation , but eventually evolved into a vacation property . We had a younger ginger haired guy with glasses. He was very knowledgeable and attentive, and was very helpful in getting my Aunt folding chairs toward the end of the tour. My only fault was , the golf cart we rode to the house in , parked under the porte cochere, so I never saw the full exterior of the house . This property desperately needs a nice gift shop and a little cafe for lunch or a lite snack would be nice . Very happy with my visit , and would definitely return .
    Visited November 2021
    Written November 8, 2021
  • Tommy B
    7 contributions
    Amazing Plantation and visiting is a must!
    My wife and I took the tour of the main house and enjoyed learning so much about the history of the plantation. The house and all its paintings, furnishings, structure and beauty was beyond our expectations. The knowledge of the tour guides was amazing and the artifacts portrayed the life style and interest of each owner over the years,
    Visited January 2021
    Written January 25, 2021
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343frankt
16 contributions
Oct 2020
I am rating the experience of going to Pebble Hill Plantation on the low end for the this Major reason. Upon arriving at the guest check in for a ticket, the women behind the desk was not wearing a mask. Yes , the desk area did have a plastic make shift wall hanging in front of her, but she then would get up and walk around to you with out a mask and standing far less then the recommended 6 feet. She was very friendly. But Walking around without a Mask during a pandemic in which the cases in the country are on the Rise daily, not to mention deaths was extremely in Poor business taste towards guests coming to take a tour. The volunteer gudes at the house both had masks and were essy to hear, the tour only allowed 6 persons , all persons wearing masks. The tour itself was nice and house is quite impressive. But the entire staff needs to adhere to the safety related to this virus not just for the safety of the guests/Customers but for themselves. . One mine say why did I not leave, well I thought of it, but my sponse wanted to reamin and I made it a point to keep a distance and encourged my sponse to also from the officer staff. Visited on Oct 29th 2020
Written November 2, 2020
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laurab-fl
Key Largo, FL6 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Pebble Hill Plantation has a long history in Thomasville, Georgia and the property has a lot to offer. The house tours are not currently being offered due to the Covid issue, but we wandered around the grounds by following the map offered at the visitor center, and with information that given in the short video presentation and info from the museum guide. The grounds are incredibly beautiful and we will be sure to come back when the house is open again for tours.
Written August 16, 2020
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hpippel
9 contributions
Mar 2020
While home this month I had the privilege of attending a private dinner party at pebble Hill. The courtyard oaks were spectacularly adorned with lights, flowers & well appointed tables. It was the closest thing to the awe of seeing Disneyland as a child. I highly recommend your family or corporate events for this venue- if permitted.
Written March 16, 2020
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Brian S
7 contributions
Jul 2021
My family (wife, kids, parents) and I had the opportunity to visit Pebble Hill on a grey morning, but the charm of Pebble Hill and its guides did a splendid job of brightening spirits and minds. We all enjoyed learning about the history of this household and estate, and getting a glimpse of the art, decor and style of some of the South's icons. We send thanks to the guides and crew at Pebble Hill for helping to make our adventure so memorable!
Written July 9, 2021
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Carole126
Fosston, MN53 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We visited Pebble hill today and toured the house and grounds. Anytime I travel I look for mansions to tour. This has been the most beautiful and interesting one I have had in the United States so far. I know there are many more to see but I really loved this one.
Written February 25, 2022
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SusanStPete
St. Petersburg, FL164 contributions
Jun 2022
Pebble Hill is a beautiful plantation on the outskirts of Thomasville. We first saw a short video on the history of the estate. We then had a tour of the main house. My husband and I were the only two on the tour so we actually had a private tour. Our tour guide (I think it was Robert), was terrific. He gave us so much information and answered all of our questions. After our tour, we had time on our own to tour the grounds, stables and carriage house. It was a beautiful way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Written June 25, 2022
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Nicola566
Daytona Beach, FL1 contribution
Aug 2013 • Couples
While I truly enjoyed my visit at the Plantation and was overwhelmed by its stunning grounds and beautifully restored and maintained buildings and I fully understand that the "mission" of today's museum is to focus on the late 1800 rather than the early, I found myself thoroughly disappointed that the history synopsis had only this to say about the times when slaves worked the land hard: "... when Georgia was invaded ... and plantation owners way of life was drastically changed..."

I am originally from Germany and some people don't understand how we deal with the darkest chapter of our history, namely of course, the Holocaust in terms of making it "visible" rather than pushing it under the rug. It happened, we cannot understand, or move forward with the present if we are in denial about history, no matter how cruel and hurtful, and we will continue to struggle coming to terms with it, and more importantly, make it difficult for future generations to see the past and help shape a great future.

When I asked my husband (who is an American), why is it, that whenever I visit places in the South and slavery is not mentioned, he said, maybe they don't want to offend African Americans. I truly believe the opposite is the case: I certainly would be greatly offended, if part of a history that is so blatantly left out and has caused so much terror, exploitation and injustice and whose direct results are corroding the way we live together as black and white in today's America. No euphemism such as "lifestyle changed" versus "slavery was abolished" will neither reverse what one group of people did to another, nor will it bridge the gap between races and social injustice and inequality that we continue to struggle with. A good start would be to tell it like it was and taking a risk that some people might be "offended".

Nicola
Daytona Beach, FL
Written August 5, 2013
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andy890
Tallahassee, FL112 contributions
Took my parents here last weekend which was also my birthday. Found it to be extremly expensive. Were charged $4.00 each just to get through the gate and then an additional $10.00 to few the house. We were a group of 6 plus an infant. We went to orientation and then to the shop to purchase our tickets to the house and not until we reached the house were we told that my baby could not enter and children were not welcome and for myself and baby to wait at the exit in 90+ degree weather. Staff were very rude anddid not bother to inform me that I would be waiting for my family for 2 hours. My family found inside very nice but their only complaint here was again the staff, very rude. Would not recommend rude staff and overly priced???
Written May 4, 2009
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Erica R
12 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
I was taken back when they stated that no children under 6 could enter the main house. I think this is ridiculous and offensive. I understand that there may be some children that do not behave appropriately but why label every child as a problem and ban them from touring the house? That's not fair. Also you should be teaching our young children about the house and it's history so they may grow up with the knowledge to care for places like this. Children are our future. I've traveled all over the world with our kids and been to extremely ancient sacred places and was never told that my children were not welcome. Very sad of this place.
Written June 16, 2017
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lalalooseys_dad
Tallahassee, FL11 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
The tour took us 2.5 hours. Wait two and a half hours... YES! Well whats the prob with that? Well I will tell you; First we were charged to park on the grounds... to which there is nothing around this place for like 5 miles (literally) . Then you pay your admissions. The tour was great! Then is went on... Yeah! ... and then it went on.... ok yeah,... then it beat us to death with the same things over and over again, room with nice to ok porcelain, carvings, and paintings (I know sounds nice right? Maybe). The material in the rooms is basically a "neo-southern" decor. That means not many really old nice things, mostly from 1900 -1930's Edwardian-esc (and not from any masters). The furnishings and paintings are from mostly local artists of which may have only worked a couple of times ever and the works are for the former owners. So I wouldn't say the wow factor couldn't be extruded, but if it was a car I am not buying it. So if you have never been to a southern plantation house (a new one) then go and check it out. I have been to maybe 50 southern plantation houses ageing from around the medieval late 1670s, to well this new-ish one, so I am not as easily entertained.
Written September 9, 2014
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