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Crow illustrationAmerican Crow by John James Audubon, Plate no. 15

Something to Crow about:

The Mental Bandwidth of Crows and Their Relatives

Presented by Jim Cox, Stoddard Bird Lab Director, Tall Timbers Research Station

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
Pebble Hill Plantation Learning Center

Did you know that crows are extremely intelligent and have the largest brain to body ratio among all bird species?

Did you know they are some of the only animals capable of making and using tools?

Join Jim Cox, Stoddard Bird Lab Director at Tall Timbers Research Station, for a fascinating program on how the intelligence of crows sets them apart from other birds. With more than 120 species of crows across the world, southwest Georgia is home to only two; the  American Crow and the Fish Crow. Jim will discuss how humans and crows have engaged with one another, highlighting the Native American perspectives, Colonial and Industrial Ages, and what we know about them today.

Following the discussion, Jim will lead a field trip on the grounds of Pebble Hill in searchof groups of crows demonstrating their unique behaviors.

Tickets are $10 Pay in advance by calling: 229-226-2344
Cash or check will be accepted at the door.

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Saturday, October 15, 2019
Something to Crow About: The Mental Bandwidth of Crows and their Relatives

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Dating the Pebble Hill Plantation Baseball Film

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Working Like a Dog


Setters on a Heather Covered Heath, Arthur Wardle 

A new exhibition created by Genesee Country Village & Museum premiered at the John L. Wehle Gallery 


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Rose show weekend at Pebble Hill

roses on a plate

Pebble Hill is offering a 20% discount off both Grounds and Main House admission tickets during Rose Show weekend (April 26-28).
Join us for a tour of our beautiful historic grounds and Main House to round out your fantastic Rose Show Weekend!

Working Like a Dog Featured in Antiques and the Arts Weekly

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Call to make your reservation to bring a class to experience this South Georgia Plantation.

Recent field trip collaboration with Tall Timbers Research Station.



Sunday, February 18th, Pebble Hill Plantation will be hosting Kathy Mattea in concert. This concert is part of Florida State University’s Opening Nights Performing Arts series.

Due to the concert, the main house will be closed this day for tours. Our grounds will be open for visitors from Noon – 5:00 P.M.

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"Wild in the Country" will close April 29, 2018

November 3, 2017 – April 29, 2018 

Wilhelm Kuhnert Grant’s Gazelle Looking This Way 31” h x 38” w

An important exhibition of sporting and wildlife paintings, drawings and sculpture, on loan from the Genesee Museum in Mumford, New York, will be on view at Pebble Hill Plantation, the historical plantation and Museum located in Thomasville, GA, November 3, 2017 – April 29, 2018. “Wild in the Country” will present the ‘Big Four’ – arguably the four most influential wildlife artists of the 19th and 20th century -- Bruno Liljefors, Wilhelm Kuhnhert, Carl Rungius and Bob Kuhn.

These four painters changed wildlife painting, transforming the genre into an art form filled with sweeping and innovative portrayals of the natural world. galleries of Sporting Art. The Loan Exhibition from the Genesee Museum is the first in a Both the Genesee Museum and Pebble Hill Plantation are regarded as two of the nation's premiere new program of exhibitions that Pebble Hill Plantation will host from associated museum and art institutions in the United States.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to host this wonderful exhibition from the Genesee Museum here at the Pebble Hill Plantation,” comments Whitney White, Executive Director of Pebble Hill Plantation. “These seminal artists were responsible for pushing the boundaries of traditional wildlife painting, and have inspired artists and art lovers to the present day. It is an extraordinary opportunity for art lovers in the region to see these works in Southwest Georgia with the backdrop of Pebble Hill.”


Pebble Hill Plantation’s Artistic Legacy

Dating from the 1820s, Pebble Hill Plantation is the historic Gilded Age hunting retreat of the prominent and socially conscious Howard Melville (Mel) Hanna Family of Cleveland, Ohio, who acquired the property in 1896. Hanna gave Pebble Hill to his daughter Kate Benedict Hanna Ireland Harvey who owned it until 1936, and converted it into a hunting retreat. She then bequeathed it to her daughter Elisabeth (Pansy) Ireland Poe, one of the twentieth century’s most renowned sportswomen. Mrs. Poe owned PHP until 1978. She coupled her interest in equestrian activities with her interest in fine art to amass one of the nation’s most outstanding collections of Sporting Art. With an excellent eye for quality and the ability to select the very best that came on the market, Mrs. Poe decided that Pebble Hill was to become a museum upon her death. In 1956, she formed the Pebble Hill Foundation anticipating the creation of Pebble Hill Plantation as a museum open to the public. This transition happened following her death in 1978; the foundation has managed and maintained the plantation ever since.

While the plantation is steeped in the culture and tradition of a hunting estate, the magnificent 26,000 square foot neo-classical structure is filled with fine art, antique furniture, superb porcelain and fine china, crystal, silver and other artifacts collected by the owners.

The family’s thoughtful choices and faithful stewardship have allowed Pebble Hill to continue as a vibrant link to the historic plantation era and the sporting lifestyle which continues to defines this region. 


2018 Rose Show Special

April 26-29

Enjoy a 20% discount on all Pebble Hill Plantation regular tour fees!


Thomas County Middle School Students

Thomas County Middle School visits Pebble Hill

This week the Thomas County Middle School 5th grade class visited Pebble Hill Plantation.  This was the fifth year that the middle school has come to tour the plantation for a day of learning and fun. The 300 plus students came to the museum to see the plantation site which was once the home of Elisabeth Ireland Poe. Lori Curtis, Education Coordinator for Pebble Hill, said, “We always look forward to the students coming each year.  They bring their contagious energy and enthusiasm which motivates us to make each year better than the year before.”

While at the museum the students were led by docents to learn about the history of Pebble Hill, the way of life for the people who lived and worked here, and the role it has played in Thomasville’s history.

Gail Trotter, Thomas County Middle School teacher said, “Pebble Hill is a unique opportunity to explore the technological advances from the early 20th century and the sustainable community that existed. Many students are unaware of this treasure in their own backyards, and we are grateful to the Pebble Hill staff for sharing this piece of local history with us.”


The Unique and Irreplaceable Old-Growth Forests of the Red Hills Region

Jim Cox

Enlightening Bites Lecture Series
Friday, Dec 1, 2017
Flipper Room, Thomas County Public Library
12 P.M. to 1 P.M. 

Pebble Hill Plantation and the Thomas County Public Library are pleased to announce the upcoming Enlightening Bites program, The Unique and Irreplaceable Old-Growth Forests of the Red Hills Region on Friday, December 1 at 12 Noon in the Flipper Room of the library.  The program is being presented by Jim Cox.

Thomasville and surrounding areas in southwest Georgia were once dominated by extensive old-growth forests that featured wide-girth, centuries-old trees.  It’s hard to grasp the extent and appearance of these forests in today’s world, but small pockets of old-growth exist here and there that provide valuable insights into what was and what might be again with restoration.  In the case of the forested areas once dominated by longleaf pine, southwest Georgia has some of the best examples of old-growth pine forests anywhere on earth and nearly 20% of the total acreage that remains. These facts underscore the unique qualities of the Red Hills region and provide testament to the exemplary land stewardship that has been practiced.  The presentation will discuss some of the unique ecological qualities of old-growth forests of the region and why it’s important to think more seriously about restoring old-growth characteristics, where appropriate, on public lands.  

The Enlightening Bites Lecture Series is co-sponsored by Pebble Hill Plantation and the Thomas County Public Library.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunch.  Drinks are provided.  The series is free and open to the public.



Field Trip with Tall Timbers Research Station’s, Jim Cox 

Saturday, December 2, 2017 

This trip will complement the Enlightening Bites lecture that will take place this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at the TCPL.

Saturday’s field trip begins at 9:00 AM and will feature a wagon tour of one of the region’s few remaining old-growth stands of longleaf pine.  The stand is located on Melrose Plantation and features 200-year-old trees, pockets of native groundcover containing phenomenal species richness, and cavity trees used by the imperiled Red-cockaded Woodpecker.  Participants will learn about the unique characteristics of old-growth longleaf forests as well as get first-hand looks at some of the special plants and wildlife these forests support.  Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. 

The event is free, but reservations are required.  Call Lori Curtis at Pebble Hill Plantation: 229-227-5390

We recommend long pants and comfortable shoes.
Bring your camera and binoculars and join us.




Wallace Goodman, Director, retired after 18 years of service.  According to Pebble Hill Foundation Board member, Nancy Ireland Stahl, “Wallace came to Pebble Hill in 1999.  

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Welcome. . .
Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire, Wildlife Biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently began a new assignment in the Thomasville area, including Pebble Hill Plantation. McGuire, along with Jim Cox, Tall Timbers Vertebrate Ecology Program Director, were at Pebble Hill Wednesday afternoon to acquaint McGuire with PHP employees and the nesting areas of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.  (Pictured left to right: Jess McGuire, Jim Cox)



Congratuations, Rita

Our Main House volunteer docent, Rita Kelsay, has now volunteered over 100 hours with us!  Volunteers are almost unheard of these days and to have one as dedicated as Rita has been, it is something really special.




toasting the return

Featured News

A Toast to the Munnings

Celebrating the return of Pebble Hill Plantation’s signature masterpiece by Sir Alfred Munnings, The Artist’s Wife and Isaac.  The piece has been on exhibit at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia for the past six months. Read More



class tripClass Field Trip

Second grade students at Scott Elementary took a field trip to Pebble Hill Plantation which proved to be both fun and educational! Teachers at Scott expressed that Head Docent,Lori Curtis and her staff did an awesome job of providing students with a memorable experience! Students were engaged by using maps to locate places on the grounds of Pebble Hill. The scavenger hunt tested students' knowledge of concepts and provided teachers an opportunity to extend learning after returning to the classroom. The visit to Pebble Hill generated lots of discussion and students were anxious to write about their experiences!  Scott's second grade teachers are already looking forward to taking their students to Pebble Hill Plantation  for the 2014-2015 school year.



Four Oaks visitHome School Group Visit

Thanks Four Oaks Home School Group for touring with us on October 3.




Korean War Vets USS RehobothKorean War Veterans Visit

Recently, Pebble Hill was visited by a group of Korean War veterans from the USS Rehoboth. The group was back together for a reunion. Among the participants who honored Pebble Hill with a visit were Bill Galle, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jim Weston, Kewanee, Illinois, Pat Ferrell, Los Altos, California, and Syd Cammenga, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read More



Michelle SunsetNew Intern

Michelle Sunset is completing a 320 hour internship as part of her M.A. in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies at Florida State University. She will be graduating in May 2014. She earned her B.A. in History from the University of North Florida. Having spent the summer interning at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, she is working towards a future career in the museum/historic home field. Currently, Michelle is working on cataloguing and organizing the Pebble Hill archives.


MunningsMunnings Out in the Open

The National Sporting Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit called  "Munnings: Out in the Open," which includes Pebble Hill's Munnings painting "My Horse is My Friend: The Artist's Wife & Isaac."  The Munnings returned home after this exhibit on September 25, 2013.



CaraNew Events Manager Hired

Cara Dollinger becomes part of the Pebble Hill Plantation staff, following the promotion of Whitney White to Main House Museum Manager. Read More



WhitneyWhitney White Promotion

The Pebble Hill Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the promotion of Whitney White to Main House Museum Manager effective July 1. Read More






man holding a small snake

Herpetology of the Red Hills

Join Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist, Phil Spivey, for an adventure in herpetology you won't soon forget!

Saturday, June 22
9:00 A.M. - Noon

The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Pebble Hill Learning Center. After a presentation and hands-on experience, participants will complete the program by driving their vehicles to Pebble Hill’s longleaf pine forest and wetland habitats where Mr. Spivey will lead them on an adventurous field trip to search for these fascinating creatures.

Have you ever wondered what that strange snoring sound was coming from a nearby pond or what unique critters lived below the tannic waters of a southwest Georgia wetland? Put on your wellies and wading pants and join Mr. Spivey for an adventure in herpetology you won’t soon forget! Learn about the reptiles and amphibians that call southwest Georgia home while exploring some of Pebble Hill’s wetland habitats, gopher tortoise burrows, and longleaf pine forests. Participants will need to dress appropriately for hiking and exploring wet areas.


Enlightening Bites

Lecture Series, 2019-2020

Bring your lunch and enjoy this stimulating series of lectures on subjects of interest in your area. The 2019-20 season features fascinating guest speakers representing a wide range of subjects to pique your interest. This year marks the eighth season this series has been offered free to the public, thanks to the efforts of Pebble Hill Plantation and the Thomas County Public Library.

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