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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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Great history here

A wonderful old and restored plantation with beautiful buildings and outbuildings. Very well laid out and enjoyable to visit

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Doug M
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful old and restored plantation with beautiful buildings and outbuildings. Very well laid out and enjoyable to visit

Thank Doug M
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is absolutely gorgeous and the tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable.....loved wandering the grounds and seeing the animal sanctuary....great way to spend the afternoon!

Thank suzette2017
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting historic site with a neat story behind it. Gardens and area around it could stand a bit of a refurbishment as it looks a bit old and tired. Neat old place that is worth a stop if you are interested in history and/ or agriculture

Thank Rick B
Hubert, North Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

This tour was conducted completely in the dark-not scary, only frustrating as you could not see a bloody thing the docent was talking about in each room. She gave family history but VERY little about anything paranormal. 45 minutes of stumbling around in darkness. Also, the website said Tarot card readings -no mention of this at "tour" end. Don't waste... More 

Thank sixgunkitty
Felicia G, Guest Relations Manager at Poplar Grove Plantation, responded to this review

Poplar Grove began Paranormal Ghost tours at the request of our daytime visitors, who were curious about touring the house at night with our spirits. We regret that you were disappointed and feel misled. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to clarify these tours for future guests. We are not providing a haunted house experience. This tour gives the history of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We accidentally came across this plantation as we were headed somewhere else. We were pleasantly surprised by what we saw. The docent was so knowledgeable and interesting. We had him all to ourselves so I think he was able to add a little more info depending on our questions. Perfect time of year to go...no bugs or crowds!

Thank slick151
Chillicothe, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The plantation is a must see for anyone interested in American History. Used as a peanut plantation the home was furnished in period furniture and the out-buildings show the conditions the slaves lived in. There is also a display of equipment used to harvest the peanuts and an on site basketry.

Thank Robin009
Southern Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The Plantation Home is compact and all rooms are on display. The guide showed a lot of knowledge on regard to the history and details of the interior. The outbuildings can be visited on your own, including a former barn where handwoven baskets are on sale. The blacksmith announced to be there may have had a day off. The only... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We visited the Poplar Grove Plantation in the same day as we visited Bellamy House and this was a smaller, more rural version of that house (IMHO). The staff were very friendly and helpful. Because we went late in the afternoon we had the outdoors area to ourselves so we sat in some chairs under a live oak and enjoyed... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Lovely grounds recreate life on a plantation. Guided tour of the plantation house was excellent with a knowledgeable guide. He answered all of our questions and was very thorough. Provided excellent insight into the history of the families as well as the Wilmington area. Great for history buffs.

Thank BAGman2011
Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We visited while vacationing on Topsail Island and were kind of disappointed. Much of the furnishings were not from the plantation house. The was a blacksmith shop, but were told they couldn't get a blacksmith to volunteer. Tour guide was nice.

Thank DenS2803

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