Poplar Grove Plantation is one of the oldest peanut plantations in the United States. It now serves as a historic site where visitors can take tours through the 1850 manor house led by guides dressed in costumes of the era. Located on the plantation are old-time craft demonstrators, outbuildings, farm animals, exhibits, a gift shop and restaurant, a picnic and playground area, facilities to be used for weddings and parties, as well as classes and workshops, seasonal farmers markets and special events that are held annually. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
From 1795-1971 the Poplar Grove Plantation remained in the Foy Family. In 1850, Joseph Mumford Foy built a home on that would be closer to the Old New Bern Road. In 1980, the plantation was opened to the public and is managed by the Poplar Grove Foundation, Inc.