Frogmore 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 tours.
For details on group tour 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 twenty or more.
Group Tour Info for Adult Groups of Twenty or More
- Each bus/group is personally welcomed and bidded farewell .
- On-site videos and translations in English, French,German and Spanish
- Authentically furnished slave row cabins dating to 1810
- Wheelchair accessible and golf cart available
- Beverages offered during the 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, and numerous others are excellent.
- 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 matter.
- Every tour operator that has visited has rebooked.
The Cotton Plantation Tour for Schools
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 grade level requirements for each grade, such as identifying geographical features and natural resources, comparing cultural traditions, and explaining causes and effects of migrations to the Deep South..
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 1900.
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 several games.
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.
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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.
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We have cotton to pick during the tour.
Tour Duration: 1 1/2 hrs.
Golf cart for handicapped.
Group rate $12.75 / person.
The 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 Delta songs.
Tour Duration: 2 hrs 30 minutes
$12.75 per person plus vocalist fees.
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Christmas On The Plantation
Rand McNally chose Frogmore Plantation as a “Must See” site in the South. Nineteen historic buildings dating from the 1790’s to 1900 are a restored tribute to an 1800’s working cotton plantation. Six buildings are toured during the visit. A tour of the cotton fields allows visitors to pick cotton or take photos by the field for a memento. Golf carts are available for handicapped.
“Christmas on the Plantation” features live vocalists performing parlor music and songs from the quarters that are intertwined with narration detailing the holiday season via the words of former slaves and mistresses. Their testimonies give visitors an accurate picture of a typical plantation Christmas as well as “surprises” about the origins of the music and lifestyle on a cotton plantation.
Events triggering changes on plantations and ultimately freedom with the 13th amendment assist visitors in understanding the transition from slavery into sharecropping. The musical conclusion is especially heartwarming.
Guests are seated in a rare 1800’s plantation church with original handmade pews for the musical presentation and then take a guided tour the authentically decorated quarters. An optional bonus would be a tour of the National Register steam engine cotton gin and computerized modern cotton gin.
Frogmore – A Must See!
Admission without cotton gins: $12.75/person plus flat fee for vocalists 1½ hours
Admission with both cotton gins: $15.00/person plus flat fee for vocalists 2 hours
Call 318-757-2453 or 318-757-3333 for vocalist fees. You may select one or two vocalists.
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