Occoneechee Plantation Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike at Occoneechee State Park, near big Buggs Island Lake, takes a pair of nature trails and connects to the Old Plantation Trail, where you can tour the remnants of an 1800s cotton plantation. After entering the plantation grounds, you will see remnants of their lifeways, from an old outbuilding to ice pits to the gardens that once adorned the manor. Note that this hike connects to other park trails that can add to your mileage.
As the residents of Virginia and what became the United States in general began moving westward from the East Coast, planters cleared what seemed an endless forest to plant their crops. Revolutionary War veterans were paid for their services with
large land grants. Land was readily available. In those early days indigo, hemp, and some foodstuff s were produced. Labor was, however, in short supply. Planters made up for this by using slaves to work the fields."