Holidays at Southern Tree Plantation

Experience the Holidays at Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville, Georgia

Southern Tree Plantation is a 60 acre farm located in the Owltown District of Union County. Thousands of pumpkins and Christmas trees are grown on the farm every year. There are many activities to enjoy including hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, children's train rides, wooden maze, inflatable slide, and playground.

Southern Tree Plantation provides visitors to Blairsville, Georgia with an unforgettable experience. There is the Holiday Barn that houses a craft shop, refreshment stand, marshmallow roasting grill, and kid's play area. The Plantation offers personalized tours, school field trips, and all kinds of group events. The pavilion is regularly booked for weddings - the panoramic view is gorgeous (and romantic).

The whole plantation is a photographer's dream. Colorful flowers, Christmas trees, and pumpkins dot the landscape. A good description is rustic elegance with a touch of hillbilly humor.

Kids from all over North Georgia and Western Carolina visit the Plantation every year. They especially enjoy feeding the animals. The deer, chickens, ponies, goats, donkeys, rabbits, and pot-bellied pig are a hit with all ages. Visiting school groups get to eat lunch in the holiday barn, and are then taught about pumpkins (and marshmallows). As a souvenir, each child receives a small Munchkin pumpkin to take home.

Owned by The McCombs Family, the Union County farm is a business with a goal of providing families and groups with a completely unique experience. The McCombs have succeeded in creating a perfect destination for city dwellers and mountain people alike.

The McCombs family started out raising cattle, and then in 1982 planted 1500 white pine seedlings supplied by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Soon Blue Spruce and other varieties of Christmas trees were added. In 1987 the first trees were sold from a pick-up truck on the side of the road with a cardboard sign as advertisement.

In 1992 the Southern Tree Plantation began to expand into other areas. The family increased the number of trees and added fun, family orientated activities. Next, the 200 foot long chicken house was converted into what is now the Holiday Barn. Pumpkins of all sizes and varieties were harvested from the nearby fields.

The Southern Tree Plantation's most recent addition is a large Porch Pavilion that seats 250 people. It has a modern, commercial kitchen that can accommodate the most discerning chef or catering service personnel. Groups can plan an elegant meal or have an informal barbeque with all the fixings.

The Southern Tree Plantation has grown over the years. 25,000 Christmas trees are growing at various stages of maturity and thousands of pumpkins are ready for harvest every year. There are many exciting things to see and to do on this working farm and plantation!

Visiting the Plantation is a yearly tradition for many families. What could be better than brisk mountain air and friendly people to make a day into something special? The Southern Tree Plantation is more than just a place to buy Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees. It has become a famous landmark, drawing visitors from all surrounding states. During the 2009 fall season, folks from as far away as Germany, England, and Monaco have experienced a mountain tradition - the Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville, Georgia.

Christmas Season 2009 begins Thanksgiving Day. Experience Southern Tree Plantation during the holidays and instead of buying a Christmas tree in a parking lot, make this Christmas memory one that will last for years to come.

 

Southern Tree Plantation

Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville, Georgia

Southern Tree Plantation is a 60 acre farm located in the Owltown District of Union County. Thousands of pumpkins and Christmas trees are grown on the farm every year. There are many activities to enjoy, including hay rides, a petting zoo, a permanent wooden maze, horseshoes tournaments, and fishing.

Southern Tree Plantation provides visitors with a memorable experience. There is a Holiday Barn that houses a craft shop, refreshment stand, marshmallow roasting grill, and kid's play area. The Plantation offers personalized tours, school field trips, and all kinds of group events. Many people are even booking the facility for weddings.

The place is a photographer's dream. Colorful flowers and piles of orange pumpkins dot the landscape. A good description is rustic elegance with a touch of hillbilly humor.

Recently a group of kindergarten kids from Habersham County visited the Plantation. They had a great time feeding the animals. The chickens, ponies, goats, sheep, turkeys, donkeys, rabbits, and pot-bellied pig were a highlight of the day. The children got to eat lunch in the large pavilion. Then they were taught all about pumpkins, by Mr. Howard McCombs.

McCombs gives his famous pumpkin talk to over 3,000 kids every year. They come on buses from all over North Georgia and the Western Carolinas. McCombs teaches about soil testing, fertilizer, and different varieties of seeds. He asks this group, "Do pumpkins grow on trees?" The children answer, "No!"

"That's right!" says McCombs, "They grow on vines." He goes on to tell about the biggest pumpkin on record. "It weighed over 1,000 pounds and was probably a Big Max." He explains that most people buy varieties such as Magic Lantern for carving at Halloween. Each child receives a small Munchkin pumpkin to take home.

McCombs says the Union County farm is a family business, "Our goal is to provide groups with a very unique experience. We offer meals, activities, and entertainment in a beautiful farm setting."

Visiting the Southern Tree Plantation is a yearly tradition for many families. What could be better than brisk mountain air and friendly people to make a day special? The Southern Tree Plantation is more than just a place to buy halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees. It is fast becoming a famous landmark.