It was 1839, and not a single Kroger, Publix or Ingles grocery store was in site. There were no cars, airplanes, paved roads, electricity, cell phones, telephones, TVs and most of the other convenient facilities of today’s society. The Stately Oaks Plantation, a historical site in Jonesboro, was built in 1839, said Ted Key, a volunteer for Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. Whitmell Allen was the original founder of the property. Key said, typically, in the 19th Century, preparations for Thanksgiving dinner started weeks before the holiday. “There were no stores and shopping centers, of course, at the time,” he said. “So, whatever they wanted to eat, they had to grow it or kill it.”