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Poplar Grove Plantation

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Address: 10200 US Highway 17, Wilmington, NC 28411-6854
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+1 910-686-9518
09:00 - 15:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

On the National Register of Historic Places, Poplar Grove is a museum...

On the National Register of Historic Places, Poplar Grove is a museum complex with 1850 manor house, smoke house, tenant house and blacksmith shop. Enjoy craft demonstrations, exhibits, farm animals, horse rescue program, Wednesday & Thursday Farmers' Markets, and various festivals throughout the year. Open Monday-Saturday for tours March through November. Closed Sundays. Check daily tour time for low, mid and high season hours. Annual events include the Herb & Garden Fair, Kentucky Derby Party, Pistons, Plugs & Shocks Car Show, Grooves in the Grove, and a Halloween Masquerade. December has candlelight tour hours and a Christmas Festival, including Trail of Lights. Next door is beautiful 63 acre Abbey Nature Preserve with over two miles of trails and pond with footbridge.

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Beautiful historical home

Lovely home with great architectural details. From reading the brochures and different comments, I thought we would see the actual homes the slaves lived in which are not there, I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Patti J
Ridgeway, Virginia
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Archdale, NC
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been here in the past and had a guided tour which was very interesting about its history, however, my most recent trip was a disappointment and there was no tour guide available and it was a self-guided tour...not interesting. Call first.

Thank TheRoamingGhost
Ridgeway, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely home with great architectural details. From reading the brochures and different comments, I thought we would see the actual homes the slaves lived in which are not there, I also thought there would be peanut farming going on and there isn't, in fact I was a bit surprised the gift shop sells very few peanuts. The tour guide was... More 

Thank Patti J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location is outside the main Wilmington town but well worth the drive to visit. There is so much history on the grounds. Our docent was in character as the lady of the house. I learned so much about hos the plantation worked and life before and after the Civil War.

Thank arbeebe
Wilmington, North Carolina
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I always love going here, especially with the kids. The farmers market always has interesting things here. I love the holidy events here, especially at Halloween and Christmas.

Thank mblue134
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to visit for tourists and locals. Poplar grove used to be an old peanut plantation. They have restored the property and you can take tours of the property which I think there is an admission fee. In the back, they have a working farm with rescue animals and horses. There are also wooded trails in... More 

Thank Ansne M
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

There were lots of original things to see there and the tour guide was great. He gave us some insight into things that were very interesting. There was lots of history to see and we weren't even aware that there was a peanut plantation around.

1 Thank sew_anne
Poughkeepsie, New York
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

While we enjoyed learning the history of the Foy family and our docent was eager to answer any questions. The property was lacking appeal and our guests were really disappointed that a peanut plantation had no peanut plants. They could at least give some history as to how the peanut plantation process worked - and have a few peanut plants... More 

Thank Bernie258
Caroline L, Manager at Poplar Grove Plantation, responded to this review

Oh my! We are so sorry about not having any peanut plants for you to see in our vegetable garden, as they are out of season for April & aren't harvested until September. Your tour guide should have directed you to the Agricultural Building which is an entire exhibit on the growth cycle of the peanut and has a large,... More 

Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Poplar Grove is a lovely place to visit. The grounds are historic and beautiful. Not sure they do the best job caring for the animals there though. It makes no sense to save horses from slaughter and then hold a "Kentucky Derby" fundraiser for them....supporting a culture that is notoriously abusive to horses. And to raise money for the farm... More 

Thank KrisInstead
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,847 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

To be honest, Poplar Grove Plantation wasn't on our original list of places to visit on our most recent vacation to the South and Southeast. Located at 10200 US Highway 17 near Wilmington, North Carolina, it is a little out of the way from our usual line of march. And Poplar Grove doesn't have a reputation comparable to Oak Alley... More 

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Shallotte, NC
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

My friends have been here on several occasions. The flowers are lovely. I especially enjoy the events. Basket making, ghost tours, herb sales. Drop in childrens camp! I would have been here all summer as a child. Learn some Gullah history without travelling hours.

2 Thank cpholesa

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