Central Georgians go back in time at Labor Day Folklife Festival

Visitors at the Jarrell Plantation Historic Site in Juliette went back to a simpler time Saturday at the Labor Day Folklife Festival.

There were folk songs and workers demonstrating daily chores from the early 1900's, as well as blacksmiths, and quilters to provide the day’s entertainment.

They've celebrated Labor Day on the plantation for more than 10 years.

Interpretive Ranger Christina Orr says that there were several positions on the plantation.

“Blacksmithing is one of them. They would repair their tools down at the blacksmith shop…carpentry shop. They actually ran the steam engine to help run the grist mill, the cotton gin and the saw mill operation,” said Orr.

According to Orr, this plantation was originally known to produce cotton, but eventually turned into an industrial operation


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