Callaway Plantation, a historic, 56 acre restoration project, offers a glimpse into a bygone era of working plantations in the agricultural South. Telling the intimate story of one family's legacy, visitors can see, touch and hear 200 years of Wilkes County history.
Callaway Plantation humbly began with a log cabin built by Job Callaway in 1785 and grew to a 3,000 acre working plantation complete with a brick mansion by the 1860's. The property has been passed down through the Callaway Family since its inception and in the 1980's, it was gifted by the family to the City of Washington.
The property is now home to unique historical structure open for public tour - Log Cabin (1785), the Grey House (1790), Dally Slave Cabin (1840), a one-room schoolhouse (1891, and the General Store (1930).
More information about tours and accommodations (RV campsites) can be found on their website or call 706.678.7060
The Brick House c. 1869 - This brick Greek Revival style mansion was built with Georgia red clay. Parker Callaway started the building process and Aristides Callaway completed it in 1869. The Callaway family lived in the Brick House between 1869-1910. The house has never been modernized so it contains no indoor plumbing or electricity and it is decorated to reflect the grandeur of time period when the plantation thrived. Many antiques within the brick house are original to the house.
The Grey House c. 1790 - Built by Jacob Callaway. This was their second residence on the Plantation and was occupied until the Brick House was built. The Grey House is also decorated with period antiques and serves as an excellent example of Federal Plain Style architecture.
The Log Cabin c. 1785 - Job Callaway's original log cabin burned down, but a log cabin similar in layout & design was moved from the Heard Plantation in Danburg, Wilkes County, Georgia to Callaway to serve as an example of the type of dwelling that Job Callaway had built. The log cabin represents a one room cabin with a sleeping loft and is decorated with primitive antique tools and household items of the late 18th century.
Other historic structures to visit include:
The School House c. 1871 - This one room schoolhouse was built in Wilkes County and serves as a fine example of rural schoolhouses seen throughout Georgia at the turn of the century.
The Dally Cabin c. 1840 - The Dally Cabin is an original slave cabin that was moved to Callaway from Social Circle, Georgia.
The General Store c. 1930 - The General Store was built by Howard Jackson at Jackson Crossroads. It was moved to Callaway to serve as the gift shop and information headquarters. Carrying a variety of period gifts for all ages, the gift store also contains a variety of books for sale pertaining to the history of the area .