I found the following online article about the Lake Jackson Plantation. It gives a brief description of the plantation's history. Note that it once included the Retrieve and Darrington estates, which eventually became prison farms. It also summarizes the way sugar plantations operated.
The article is five pages long. If you're interested in the history of the Texas sugar industry, the process of making sugar, and archeology, be sure to follow the additional links at the bottom of each page.