Another Plantation House Tour May 13, 2008 | 11:33 AM PST
southern plantation homes
, pebble hill
My daughter and I spent Mother's Day afternoon at Pebble Hill Plantation outside of Thomasville, GA (about 30 miles from Tallahassee). She came to my home for lunch and then we were on our way to do the tourist thing. It's a large plantation home with stables, cow barn, a laundry, garage, school house, pool, tennis court, gardens and even a family cemetary. One of the owners was Howard Melville Hanna (a partner in Standard Oil and other businesses including shipping) and he used it as a winter home for his family. It took about 1 1/2 hours to tour the home with a guide, then we were left to look at the gardens and grounds on our own. The home is filled with pictures by Audobon, lots of hunting, horse, dog and wildlife knick knacks. They even converted some of the bedrooms into sitting rooms to display the many items. There was also a lot of ribbons and trophies that were won racing and showing horses and cows. My daughter and I got lots of exercise and even had a few drops of rain with some thunder (both of us wishing it was raining back home). I completely forgot to even take my camera on Sunday, but I will be going back to get some good shots of the gardens. You cannot take pictures inside the house. They had a lot of honeysuckle growing on arbors around the home and pool and it was in bloom. The magnolia trees, live oak trees and camelias were huge. It was a lovely afternoon learning about the past and how the other half lived. We stopped for dinner at Chili's and finished our day about 7:00 p.m. It was a terrific way to spend Mother's Day.