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Stately Oaks Plantation turns 175

Historical Jonesboro celebrates anniversary with a birthday party

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. celebrated the 175th birthday of Stately Oaks Plantation Sunday with a birthday party for the pre-Civil War house. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. celebrated the 175th birthday of Stately Oaks Plantation Sunday with a birthday party for the pre-Civil War house. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro volunteer Shelia Bradley listens to fellow volunteers share stories about events held over the years at Stately Oaks. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro volunteer Martha Wilson shares a story about teaching stitching to new Stately Oaks docents. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro President Barbara Emert chats with the organization’s volunteers about Stately Oaks events during the birthday party. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Kaye Dreyer smiles as she listens to stories during the birthday party. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro docent Kathy Hill, right, recounts learning how docents at Stately Oaks are supposed to look like they are gliding across the floor when they walk. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro volunteers gathered in Stately Oaks’ Bethel Schoolhouse Sunday to share stories about the plantation house during its birthday party. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro President Barbara Emert, left, chats with volunteer Art Carey during Stately Oaks’ birthday party. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro volunteers Frank Brown, from left, Nancy Camp, Al Camp and Anne Sligh chat during Stately Oaks’ birthday party. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro volunteer Frank Brown shares a story about Stately Oaks during the house’s birthday party Sunday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro volunteers Doris Brown, left, and Debbie Lundell listen to stories about Stately Oaks. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro volunteers Don Carter and Kathy Hill chat after the party. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

ONESBORO — History aficionados gathered in Stately Oaks’ Bethel Schoolhouse Sunday to celebrate one of Clayton County’s oldest structures.

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Stately Oaks’ construction. The pre-civil war plantation house, which is now operated as a living history museum, was feted by Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. volunteers during a weekend birthday party. The volunteers spent the afternoon swapping memories about the house.

Historical Jonesboro is planning to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Jonesborough later this year with the return of the Tara Ball in August and a re-enactors encampment at the house in September.