Waverly Plantation (Leon County, Florida)

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Approximate location of Waverly Plantation

Waverly Plantation was a large cotton plantation of unknown size, located in southern Leon County, Florida, United States, owned by George Taliaferro Ward.

Cotton plant fiber from the genus Gossypium

Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the mallow family Malvaceae. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural conditions, the cotton bolls will increase the dispersal of the seeds.

Plantations in the American South aspect of the history of the American South

Plantations are an important aspect of the history of the American South, particularly the antebellum era. The mild subtropical climate, plentiful rainfall, and fertile soils of the southeastern United States allowed the flourishing of large plantations, where large numbers of workers, usually Africans held captive for slave labor, were required for agricultural production.

Leon County, Florida County in Florida, United States

Leon County is a county located in the Panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. It was named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. As of 2017 Census estimates, the population was 290,292.

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Location

Waverly Plantation bordered the Southwood Plantation on the west.

Southwood Plantation human settlement in United States of America

Southwood Plantation was a large cotton plantation of 5,000 acres (20 km2) located in southern Leon County, Florida, United States and owned by George Taliafero Ward.

Multiple plantation statistics

The Leon County Florida 1860 Agricultural Census shows that Southwood Plantation had the following:

Besides Waverly, Ward also maintained his plantations of Clifford Place and Southwood. Including Waverly, his holdings totaled 4,200 acres (1,700 ha) of which 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) were improved. Combined, Ward had 160 slaves, produced 7500 bushels of corn and 500 bales of cotton.

Clifford Place Plantation or Clifford Place was a cotton plantation of unknown size, located in southern Leon County, Florida, United States, owned by George Taliaferro Ward.

Owner

George Taliafero Ward was born in Kentucky in 1810 and moved to Tallahassee in 1825. In that same year Ward became Register of the Land Office, succeeding Samuel R. Overton. From 1838-1839 Ward served on the Legislative Council from Leon County and attended the Constitutional Convention.

Kentucky State of the United States of America

Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, (because in Kentucky's first constitution, the name state was used) Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.

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Colonel George T. Ward

George T. Ward inherited the land now known as Southwood from his father, George W. Ward.

In 1844 Ward married Sarah Jane Chaires of the wealthy Chaires family of eastern Leon County and had at least three daughters, Georgima, Anna, and Mattie as well as brothers. Sarah Jane would inherit other properties that were later incorporated into Southwood.

The original mansion built in 1865 at Southwood was destroyed by fire. In 1939, George Henderson, grandson of Colonel John and Mattie Henderson, moved the family home from downtown Tallahassee to the old foundation of the original Southwood house.

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