Cotton Plantation & Gins is the only plantation or historical
attraction where your groups can actually pick cotton (July - April)
Frogmore is the only cotton plantation in the
South offering a comprehensive guided tour that fully explains the
causes and effects of change on a working cotton plantation from the
1700's through today. Frogmore is a one-of-a-kind
tour since the owners are the costumed guides along with their
staff. Visitors receive the most thorough explanation of
slave culture and the plantation system in America, based on former
slave narratives and extensive archives while viewing the tools
and antiques in the authentically
restored dependency buildings on the property.
A golf cart for handicapped persons
and complimentary beverages are included in all adult group
For details on group tours and special
international rates contact Lynette or Buddy Tanner, owners at
318-757-2453 or by email.
Admissions can be paid upon arrival, prepaid, or by credit card (AMEX,
Master Card, VISA, Discover). Advanced reservations required for groups
of fifteen or more.
Group Tour Info for Adult Groups of Fifteen or
- Each bus/group is personally welcomed and
bidded farewell by (owners) Buddy or Lynette Tanner.
- On-site videos and translations in English,
French and German
- Authentically furnished slave row cabins dating
- Wheelchair accessible and golf cart available
- Beverages offered mid-way through tour.
Homemade lemonade or ice water in warm weather and hot tea, coffee, or
water in cool weather.
(May Be Personalized for your Group)
All give visitors a comprehensive understanding of
changes in the South.
- Our comment cards from visitors with Trafalgar
Tours, Globus/Cosmos, World Wide Country Tours, Go West, Tauck, and
numerous others are BETTER than any other destination on their
- The owners (Buddy & Lynette Tanner) not
only created the tours but are guides & offer true southern
hospitality, personal attention, and extensive knowledge of the subject
- Every tour operator that has visited has
The Cotton Plantation Tour
Students learn best when they can see and
experience history. I am a former teacher and have created a fun,
educational field trip and can adjust it to various age levels. The
price is $5.00 for each student.
The tour is interactive: elementary students use tambourines
and sticks to keep rhythm while learning the history of gospel music. (Optionally,
an African American vocalist can perform the historical songs for an
additional flat fee of $50 per tour. Several classes may share the cost.)
Along with all of the hands-on learning of
history, we strive to meet the needs of the GLE (Grade Level
Expectation) requirements for each grade level, such as identifying
geographical features & natural resources, comparing cultural
traditions, and explaining causes and effects of migrations to the Deep
We include a review guide for grade level teachers. (Home school
teachers may request one via email.)
Frogmore Plantation has the most comprehensive
southern history tour available. My husband and I own and operate the
only 1,800 acre working historical and modern cotton plantation in the
South with 19 restored historical buildings that date from 1790 to
Dependent on grade levels, students experience the life of an
antebellum slave, the uncertainty of a free sharecropper, and the
high-tech mechanization of a working plantation today including
botanical information about cotton. All students can actually pick
cotton from August through mid-April and lower grades re-enact a slave
wedding with a "jumpin' the broom" ceremony.
Historical games are part of the tour for elementary students, time
permitting. Small groups rotate stations so that the students can learn
The tours begin in a 1790's log cabin and take
the students through the day in the life of a child in the early
1800's. We include chores, games, schooling, deeds, wills, and child
and adult responsibilities for both slave families and planter
families. Additionally, they view a brief video or power point with
living history reenactments and/or early photos.
Students participate while learning African
rhythms and understand how those cultural songs merged with protestant
hymns to give birth to American Gospel Music. They learn the hidden
meanings within the lyrics and the importance that music played in the
work structure and social lives of the people on plantations.
The students learn how cotton evolved into the
cash crop that supported the South's economy.
Dependent upon grade level, students tour a rare 1884 steam
engine cotton gin with all its original equipment, a plantation church,
barn, overseer's cottage, cooking cabin, slave quarters,
washhouse/sewing cabin, and plantation store. Some grades learn about
the plantation sugar cane mill and the syrup and sugar process. A
summary of the tour per grade level is available when you contact us
for more information
At the conclusion of the historical tour, junior
high and high school students also tour a computerized 900
bales-per-day cotton gin in the optional modern tour where students
view cotton farming and ginning via large screen. Cotton and cottonseed
products, worldwide production, and unusual cotton trivia with a
question/answer session conclude the tour.
View a rare. computerized cotton gin in action September
and October during the harvest season which is the best time for junior high and
high schools to visit.
Sack lunches may be eaten in our
"sharecropper cabin" or picnic tables before or after the tour. We
have soft drinks, various snacks, and inexpensive souvenirs. We can
also recommend several fast food restaurant options nearby.
We look forward to sharing a memorable experience
with your class.
Cotton, Then & Now
This tour compares and contrasts a working cotton
plantation from 1790 through today. Visitors experience slave culture,
sharecropping, & modern technology. Owners & guides
give superior historical narration. Frogmore offers both a rare antique
steam gin and high-tech modern gin along with 19 antebellum
outbuildings. Eight are furnished and visited during the tour.
here to read more about the historical portion of the tour
We have cotton to pick
during the tour.
Tour Duration: 1 1/2 hrs.
Golf cart for handicapped.
Group rate $12.75 / person.
Plantation Civil War: Challenges and Changes
To commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the
Civil War, Frogmore Plantation is offering a special tour - a concise
but complete history of the Civil War on plantations, including causes
beginning with our constitution, conflicts between Confederates and
Unionists, economics and politics that fueled the fires, and effects on
slaves and owners. This tour does not discuss battle strategy, but does
include the Union army regime and takeover of the Natchez District.
Frogmore was the site of encampment and skirmish for 1,776 Union troops
led by Col. Bernard Farrar including the Illinois infantry and heavy
artillery. The old Natchez District included Eastern Louisiana, and
many plantation owners were Union, not Confederate sympathizers. Text
includes effects of federal army occupation on area plantations,
federal corral in Natchez for freed slaves, Confederate guerilla
activity against Union planters, and the effects of the war on the
women & children left behind, along with the plantation crops,
gins, and food supplies. (This tour has no duplication with other tours
offered at Frogmore.)
(Group tours may optionally have live vocalists incorporating the Civil
War era songs of the slaves and freedmen who joined the armies.)
Tour Duration: 1 1/2 hrs.
Golf cart for handicapped.
Group rate $12.75 per person.
The Delta Music Tour
This tour takes visitors on a journey of the
South through song. Seated in a rare 1800's plantation church with
original pews, visitors listen to outstanding vocalists and superior
historical narration that relates the trials and triumphs of life on a
plantation. The singing and narrations continue through the furnished
cabins in the quarters. After refreshments in the plantation store, a
step-on-guide accompanies your group to the State
of Louisiana Delta Music Museum. Enroute to Ferriday, your
group listens to specially recorded blues, ragtime and jazz while your
guide highlights the artists and changes in style for each genre. After
arrival to the music museum, your are greeted by the director who gives
you a guided tour while relating intimate stories about Jerry Lee
Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Aaron Neville, Conway Twitty, Fats Domino and
other Delta musicians featured in the museum. Listen to their famous
Tour Duration: 2 hrs 30 minutes
$12.75 per person plus vocalist fees.
Call 318-757-3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Delta Music Tour with slave wedding
During the musical presentation at Frogmore, costumed bride and groom
re-enact a slave wedding, and visitors become guests at a wedding from
the archives and then parade "cakewalk style" to the plantation store.
Slight additional fee for the bride and groom. Call for admission fee.
Next stop is the Delta Music Museum to see how and why music
interplayed daily in the lives of the slaves and sharecroppers. Then
see how that earlier music transformed into rhythm & blues and
rock 'n' roll. The Delta Music Museum is the Hall of Fame for the State
Cotton and Country – City and Charm
Rand McNally chose Frogmore Cotton Plantation as a "Must See" site in the South/Southeast. Nineteen historical buildings dating from 1790's to 1900 are a restored tribute to an 1800 acre working cotton plantation. Be seated in a rare plantation church with handmade pews while participating in a special musical presentation featuring a live vocalist who relates the lifestyle of the slaves and their owners through rhythm and song while the plantation mistress narrates the evolution of plantation history. Shake a tambourine and participate in learning the "double voicing" technique used on plantations for secret song. Then be escorted by today's mistress to the cotton fields, overseer's dogtrot, and slave cabins learning of the foods, work habits, living quarters, and labor methods from the 1800s through the 1960's. Enjoy a complimentary beverage in the authentic plantation store. On your return to Natchez, listen to specially recorded songs relating the evolution of gospels into ragtime, blues, and jazz while your escort enlightens you with trivia of each genre.
From Gospel to Gershwin
Travel to The Towers, chosen by USA Today as one of the top ten Christmas destinations in America. Arrive at The Towers to be greeted by the owners who will escort you through their lavishly furnished 1850's private home and gardens. Next your hosts will serve you a glass of champagne and usher you into the music parlor for a special treat: music of the Great American Songbook – the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century to 1950. Composers from Irving Berlin (White Christmas and Blue Skies), Jerome Kern (Old Man River and The Way You Look Tonight), Harold Arlen (Over the Rainbow and Stormy Weather), George Gershwin (Summertime and I Got Rhythm), Cole Porter (Begin the Beguine and Night and Day) and Richard Rogers (Blue Moon, Oh What a BeautifulMorning, and Sound of Music). These are beautiful and memorable melodies that touch the heart and live in the soul. Owners Ginger and James Hyland, accompanied by a pianist, will perform a concert of these songs. Please join in. Prepare to be delighted!
Admission for both tours $35/person– Minimum Qty. 30; escort & driver comp
*NPT Guide required if group desires music on motor coach to Natchez – call for fee
Music, Mistresses, & Marriage
This enticing tour takes your group to Magnolia Hall, a grand Natchez
town home, to meet the bride-to-be and help her finalize her plans for
an elite, antebellum wedding. Choose her musical selections; listen to
wedding tidbits & wealthy planter social customs; then travel
on to Frogmore to experience a journey of the South through song.
Seated in a rare 1800's plantation church with original pews, visitors
listen to the mistress of Frogmore and two outstanding vocalists
narrate and sing the trials and triumphs of life on a plantation. The
singing and narrations continue through the furnished cabins in the
quarters. After the musical presentation, the guests participate in a
slave wedding from the archives and parade "cakewalk" style to the
plantation store for refreshments. A step-on-guide escorts your group
the entire tour with "music & mistress" lore. Enroute back to
Natchez your group continues the musical journey listening to specially
recorded blues, ragtime and jazz while the guide highlights the artists
and changes in style for each genre.
Call for admission fee.
All are professional, thorough, and FUN!