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Stately Oaks Plantation through the years

A look back from the Clayton News Daily’s archives

Longtime Stately Oaks docent Ted Key with a colleague in this undated photo. Key, a local historian, passed away two years ago. (File photo)

Longtime Stately Oaks docent Ted Key with a colleague in this undated photo. Key, a local historian, passed away two years ago. (File photo)

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Former Stately Oaks docent Jim Dowd reads the newspaper in the plantation house’s parlor in July 2008. Dowd passed away about three years ago. (File photo)

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Stately Oaks docents participate in a 2002 reenactment of Christmas 1863. (File photo)

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Historical Jonesboro officials cut the ribbon to open Juddy’s Country Store at Stately Oaks in September 2004. (File photo)

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‘Confederate soldier’ Ken Cobb escorts ‘Southern belle’ Amy Lewis down the steps of Stately Oaks’ porch during a Historical Jonesboro’s Tara Ball in this 1996 photo. (File photo)

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A vendor hands out food during a Taste of Clayton event at Stately Oaks in June 2002. Taste of Clayton was an annual fundraiser for Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. where participants sampled local fare, but it has not been held since 2011. (File photo)

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Ray Dales, at left portraying a captain, and historian Mark Pollard participate in an ‘Evacuation of Jonesborough’ reenactment at Stately Oaks in August 1996. (File photo)

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Stately Oaks docents Brenda Starr, left, and Darlene Thomason pose as mourners in front of the main house as a promotion for its annual Victorian Mourning Tours in 2004. (File photo)

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Ted Key, founder of Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s annual Native American Festival, samples corn at the Creek Indian Village he built at Stately Oaks Plantation in this undated photo. (File photo)

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The ‘Friendship Force of Russia’ visits the plantation house museum in this undated file photo. (File photo)

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Civil War-era reenactor Robert Banks checks out a poster of special stamps related to the war at Stately Oaks in June 1995. (File photo)

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Longtime Historical Jonesboro volunteer Ray Muse holds up a copy of ‘Gone With The Wind’ in front of Stately Oaks in this undated photo. (File photo)

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Stately Oaks docent Brenda Starr peers out the window of the plantation house during a reenactment of the ‘Evacuation of Jonesborough’ in September 2003. (File photo)

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C.J. Davis depicts a soldier away from home for visitors at Stately Oaks Plantation in December 2004. (File photo)

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Longtime Stately Oaks docent Martha Wilson chats with a fellow living history actor in one of the cabins behind the plantation house in 2010. (File photo)

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Reenactors mill about outside Stately Oaks in this undated photo. (File photo)

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Fran Stephenson writes a note during an ‘Evacuation of Jonesborough’ reenactment at Stately Oaks in this undated photo. (File photo)

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Ann Taylor browses through historical reenactors’ clothing for sale during the 1997 Battle of Jonesborough reenactment at Stately Oaks. (File photo)

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Danielle Pederson depicts a child waiting for her father to arrive home from the war on Christmas Eve during a renactment for visitors to Stately Oaks Plantation in December 2004. (File photo)

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Stately Oaks junior docent Kayla Frank stands in ‘mourning’ at the front door of the living history plantation house in Jonesboro in July 2013. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Shoppers chat with the staff at Stately Oaks’ Juddy’s Country Store after the shop’s ribbon-cutting in 2004. (File photo)

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A food vendor braises ribs during the 2002 Taste of Clayton at Stately Oaks. (File photo)

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A living history reenactor demonstrates 19th century weaving techniques at Stately Oaks in 2010. (File photo)

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Jody Phillips depicts a woman waiting on her husband to arrive home from the war on Christmas Eve during the 1863 Christmas Eve reenactment at Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro in 2004. (File photo)

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Thea Pelfrey bakes cookies during a reenactment of Christmas in 1863 at Stately Oaks Plantation in 2004. (File photo)

Stately Oaks Plantation has played host to several events over the years, including the Tara Ball, Battle of Jonesborough and Evacuation of Jonesborough reenactments, Taste of Clayton, the Native-American Heritage Festival and Victorian Mourning and Christmas tours. Here is a look back at some of those events through photographs from our archives.