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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr


Indiana Jones: The Plantation Treasure Indiana Jones
The Plantation Treasure
Written by William McCay
Cover art by Romas

Indy helps a Virginian heiress seeking out her family's lost fortune.


Read the "June 1913" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this book


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


This book takes place in Spring 1913. 


Didja Know?


The Young Indiana Jones original novels (not to be confused with the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles novelizations) are a series of juvenile novels written from 1990-1995. Though numbered 1-15, they do not take place in chronological order and cover the years 1912-1914. Young Indiana Jones and the Plantation Treasure is book #1 in the series.


Indy meets Lizzie Ravenall in this novel. He will have later adventures with her in Curse of the Ruby Cross and Mountain of Fire.


Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 


The journal as published skips over this time in Indy's life. In fact, it goes from August 5, 1912 to March 9, 1916...a period of about 3.5 years! Are we to believe that Indy made no journal entries that entire time? Perhaps the entries were excised by the Russians for some reason when it was in their possession?


Characters appearing or mentioned in this novel


Ashley Ravenall

Harkwood (mentioned only)

Harlan Clegg (mentioned only)

Elizabeth Ravenall (mentioned only)

Ravenall slaves (mentioned only)

Ashley and Elizabeth Ravenall's sons (mentioned only)

Dexter Fairburn (mentioned only)

Harriet Robinson-Stoneman

Thomas (mentioned only)

Indiana Jones

Henry Jones, Sr.

Garth (mentioned only)

red-haired man


Lizzie Ravenall

Dr. Zachary Walton

Lizzie's mother (mentioned only, deceased)

Gideon Clegg

Mose Harker

Mose Harker's parents (mentioned only, deceased)

Judge Randolph (mentioned only, deceased)

Crazy Hayward's grandson

Crazy Hayward (mentioned only, deceased)

old Quaker

Chester Gillis

Martha Gillis

Reverend Ezekial Porter (mentioned only, deceased)

Garrick Lloyd

Mr. Stoneman (mentioned only, presumed deceased)

Dr. Marcus Brody (mentioned only, unnamed friend of Henry Jones, Sr.)




Didja Notice?


On page 8, Ashley Ravenall's letter mentions Charleston. Charleston is the largest city in South Carolina.


On page 11, Ashley Ravenall's journal is said to be disguised as a normal book matching a set on his shelves. The journal's spine has the title The Sermons of Cotton Mather. Although this appears to be a fictitious title, Cotton Mather (1663-1728) was a real world Puritan minister in the New England region of America. He played a controversial role in the Salem witch trials of 1692-93.


Indy and his father have temporarily moved to Washington D.C. where the professor has accepted a teaching position at Georgetown University in the Georgetown district of the city.


Professor Jones' associate, Dr. Zachary Walton, is said to have written a book about the U.S. Civil War called The Storm Clouds Gather. This appears to be a fictitious book.


On page 25, Lizzie says the area of South Carolina she's from, where her antebellum family plantation once stood, is called Clegg County. This is a fictitious county.


On page 26, Dr. Walton says he came to Washington to try to get appropriations to start a Civil War library from Congress, but so far funds have been unavailable. But in the real world, there already was the Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1888. It is currently known as Civil War Museum of Philadelphia.


The description given in the book of the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves in the mid-19th Century U.S. is accurate.


On page 33, Indy is excited that Dr. Walton owns "one of those new Ford motorcars" to ride in, but is disappointed when the man shows up with a horse-drawn carriage instead.


Dr. Walton explains to his young friends that they'll take the Leesburg Turnpike to the Georgetown Turnpike while searching in Virginia for Harriet Robinson. These were actual routes at the time. The Potomac refers to the Potomac River which separates Virginia from Washington D.C. I've been unable to confirm a location called Farmer's Crossing as he mentions.


Dr. Walton's description of the non-violent, anti-slavery Quakers is true. Quakers are a Christian religious denomination most prominent in Pennsylvania, but also found around the world. Quakers are known for using "thee" instead of "you" as a common pronoun, as depicted here.


On page 41, Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton approach an old Quaker with a big white beard that made him look like Santa Claus. Santa, of course, is the folkloric figure who brings gifts to children around the world on Christmas Eve.


Old Man Gillis tells Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton that Harriet Robinson moved on from a one-night stay at his home to Christiana, Pennsylvania, where a group of free African-Americans lived at the time. Christiana is known for the 1851 Battle of Christiana (or Christiana Riot), in which local residents defended a fugitive slave, killing the slave-owner in the process.


Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton catch a series of trains to Pennsylvania at Washington's Union Station.


On page 71, Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton's train pulls out of Wilmington, Delaware.


Harriet's trail leads Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton to Boston, Massachusetts after two weeks search.


Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton look for Reverend Porter at Arbor Street Church in Boston. This appears to be a fictitious church.


Garrick Lloyd is said to have been the editor of The Voice of Freedom from the 1840s and through the Civil War. This appears to be a fictitious broadsheet. The historical notes at the end of the book reveal that Lloyd was based on the historic figure William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879), publisher of the weekly abolitionist newspaper The Liberator from 1831-1865. An archive of The Liberator is available for online reading at


On page 87, Lloyd reveals that Harriett Robinson is still alive and took on her husband's name of Stoneman, becoming the famous Harriett Stoneman who was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Harriett Stoneman is a fictitious character, but based on the real world Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), as the author admits in the historical notes at the end of the book.


From Boston, the trio heads to New York City by train, arriving at Pennsylvania Station. Pennsylvania Station (often called Penn Station) is the New York City train station, named for its original builder, the Pennsylvania Railroad. The original Penn Station, bounded by Seventh and Eighth Avenues and 31st and 33rd Streets in midtown Manhattan, was demolished in 1963 and a new one built beneath Madison Square Garden at 33rd Street and Two Penn Plaza.


Harriet's apartment is located in Greenwich Village on Bleeker Street. Greenwich Village is a neighborhood in the New York borough of Manhattan and Bleeker Street is an actual road passing through it.


Harriett says that the old skillet she calls Treasure once stopped a bullet in Chattanooga.


On page 108, Ashley Ravenall's old stock certificates for Bank of Atlanta, Natchez to Nashville Railroad, and Tredegar Ironworks are found. Gideon Clegg remarks that they all were southern state companies that were destroyed in the war. Bank of Atlanta and Natchez to Nashville Railroad appear to be fictitious businesses. Oddly, Tredegar Iron Works was real and was located in Richmond, Virginia just as stated by Clegg...but it actually survived the war and continued to operate until the mid-1900s. The Tredegar buildings are now preserved by the National Park Service.


On page 119, Lizzie finds some Yankee stock certificates in Ashley Ravenall's strongbox that still have great value: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Colt Firearms, and Du Pont Gunpowder. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (popularly known as the B&O Railroad and even featured in the board game Monopoly) existed from 1830-1987. Colt's Firearms still exists as Colt's Manufacturing Company. DuPont also still exists as a chemical company.


At the end of the story, Indy learns that his father is sending him to Egypt with an old friend of his. This is a set-up for the next novel in the series, Tomb of Terror. The friend of his father in that novel turns out to be Marcus Brody.


Before he goes away, Lizzie gives Indy a straw skimmer hat to replace the one that got crushed in a tussle with Lizzie's pursuers at the beginning of the book. Even though Indy doesn't like the hat, it makes a return in appearance in Curse of the Ruby Cross, as he wants to impress her by wearing her gift.


Young Indiana Jones and the Plantation Treasure comic strip Notes from the comic strip adaptation of the novel

The Young Telegraph (December 29, 1990 - March 2, 1991)
Welsh Publishing Group
Writer: Simon Jowett
Penciler: Phil Gascoine



Additional characters appearing in the comic, not in the novel




Didja Notice?


The opening panel of the comic strip implies it takes place shortly after "The Mountains of Superstition" (though enough time has to have passed to allow Indy and his father to move to Washington D.C.).


In the first installment of the strip, panel 3 is a flashback to when Garth gave Indy his fedora, as seen in "The Cross of Coronado". But the scene is depicted as taking place on top of the circus train in that story, when it actually took place inside the Jones house in Moab, Utah.


In the comic strip, Dr. Walton's first name of "Zachary" is spelled "Zacchary" instead.


In the comic strip, as Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton approach the Quaker farm, Beau and the other thugs begin to catch up to them on horseback instead of in a wagon as in the novel.


At the Quaker farm, instead of finding an old Santa-bearded man there, Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton meet a younger man whom Dr. Walton knows, named Josiah.


In the comic strip, Harriet Robinson is said to have headed for New York, bypassing Christiana where she first headed in the novel.


On the train, Indy bumps into the red-haired thug instead of Beau as in the novel.


In installment seven, as he climbs to the roof of a boxcar on the moving train to escape pursuit, Indy remarks to himself that this all seems very familiar. He is referring to the train chase he went through in "The Cross of Coronado".


In the comic strip, Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton track Harriett straight to the apartment building on Bleeker Street in New York City, bypassing the Boston connections seen in the novel.


In the comic strip, Gideon Clegg and his goons are already at Harriett's apartment went Indy, Lizzie, and Dr. Walton arrive and they are taken captive to Ravenhall Hall to find the treasure.


Unlike in the novel, here Dr. Walton does not betray Lizzie and Indy to Clegg. Instead it is Josiah who gives Clegg the information, but seemingly only because he was beaten by Clegg's men.


In the last installment of the comic strip, Indy says, "Yuck! Thugs I can handle--not kisses!" when Lizzie kisses him on the cheek. In the novel, he doesn't seem to mind it; in fact, he laments that he won't likely be seeing much of her now that the adventure is over.


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