An Ecological Treasure
The 588.4-acre Heard's Pond is the last remaining available piece of the famed Greenwood Plantation offering in Thomasville, Georgia. It has been a part of Greenwood for the last 60 +/- years and is an ecological treasure. The completely private 300± acre cypress lake has hosted duck hunts for President Eisenhower, generals, and world leaders. It is one of the largest cypress lakes in the Southeast and is one of the headwaters of the Aucilla River.
Cypress in fall at Heard's Pond
The Aucilla River makes its way from both Heard's Pond and Shamrock Farms, northeast of Thomasville, through a number of plantations and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico. A 250+/- foot dock with an observation tower gets you into the lake from the historic cypress duck camp. The seller, Greentree Foundation, recognizes the work that will need to be done to clean up excess cypress and open up areas of the lake again. Greentree authorized us to reduce the price after a vote during their last board meeting.
Heard's Pond is a mini plantation that can be enhanced for a number of different uses. There's a wealth of standing timber value here, and no other than legendary forester Leon Neel managed these woods. Prior to the Whitney family's purchase of Heard's Pond, the property was in fact owned by Mr. Neel's family. There are 288.4 +/- acres of heavily stocked pines and productive upland fields. Much of the pine forest floors are blanketed by native understory. There are two older farm houses and barns near the farm fields on the northern portion of the property. Only one landowner separates Heard's Pond from the Thomasville Regional Airport. It's also very convenient to the shopping and dining of historic downtown Thomasville.
“This is an eye-raising good opportunity and an especially good conservation easement play now at $1,850,000. Heard's Pond is one of the more iconic properties in Thomasville and the last remaining opportunity today to be a part of the Greenwood legacy.”
The Aucilla River is a unique treasure trove for archeologists, where stratified prehistoric records yield substantial evidence of human, animal, and plant life spanning the past 30,000 years.
Charles Balfour designated a portion of his famous book, In Search of the Aucilla, to just the special features and stories of Heard's Pond.
"I asked Alton how many ducks used Heard's Pond at its height, and he estimated 15 to 16 thousand ring necks. It must have been quite a sight seeing that many ducks dive..."
– Excerpt of R.C. Balfour III's narrative with the Whitney's former manager Alton Quick, in In Search of the Aucilla