© Poplar Grove Plantation
Poplar Grove Plantation home and grounds is the main attraction. Poplar Grove is always closed on Sundays and tour times do vary by season. Visitors should make sure to check out their website for updated schedules and times.
Conservation efforts and major renovation efforts were also underway in 2016 and Spring of 2017. The green house was being renovated and the layout of formal walk ways and extensive irrigation systems were being installed; as well as seeding and fertilizing being done. These efforts revitalized the grounds of the plantation.
Manor Home- Greek Revival Style home built to admire the Federalist period of architecture. Built on a fully brick raised basement, the 4,284-square foot, two story home boasts Doric pillars, a dominate front porch and rear two-tiered porch that runs the entire length of the home with exterior stairs from each level of the home. The interior of the home is completely symmetrical. The entrance of the home features a grand walnut staircase. Ceiling heights range from 8-12 feet with ornate chandeliers decorate many of them.
The Stables- The stables at Poplar Grove are home to animals that reflect those that would have lived on the farm in the early 19th century. Some of these include sheep, rabbits, goats, pigs, horses, and roosters. There are also special exhibits that are part of the stables that teach visitors how these animals helped create income for the Foy family such as through creating textiles in the weaving exhibits, or laying eggs, and farming. The Stables at Poplar Grove are also involved in Equine rescue and rehabilitation and work with local law enforcement to help abused horses get to safety. The Stables operates as a sanctuary for horses that need a free-roaming, safe environment.
The Grounds- Explore the grounds of the plantation and learn about what the slaves had to do to keep the property running smoothly. Tours include a visit to the basket making studio, black smith shop, weaving studio, kitchen and herb cellar, smoke house, cook house, gardens when in season, and gift shop.
Abbey Nature Preserve- 67 acres of plantation land was placed into the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and turned into the Abbey Nature Preserve which is free to be explored during daylight hours all year around. A wooden walkway connects the pond with walking trails and several wooded areas around the plantation outskirts. Parking is on the north side of the Manor House and trail access is across from the livestock stables.
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