Honey Lake Plantation
Established Plantation Featuring a Spectacular 80 +/- Acre Lake; One of Only Two Natural Deep Water Lakes on a Red Hills Plantation
Established by one of the families who originated this asset class in the 1890's. One of Thomasville’s wealthiest and founding families of the quail plantation asset class, Howard Melville & Kate Hanna came to Thomasville from Cleveland, Ohio. The late Howard Melville Hanna gave Pebble Hill Plantation to his beloved daughter Kate Hanna-Ireland in 1901. The family holdings continued to grow across the Red Hills region as Kate Hanna-Livingston Ireland had two children, a son Robert Livingston Ireland Jr. who co-owned nearby Ring Oak Plantation and Foshalee Plantation, and a daughter Elizabeth “Pansy” Ireland Poe who inherited Pebble Hill Plantation upon her mother’s death in 1936.
Elizabeth “Pansy” Ireland Poe demonstrated similar business acumen as her mother Kate; she was instrumental in adding numerous property holdings to the Hanna/Ireland Grand Dame, including the prestigious Honey Lake Plantation by the mid-1900’s. The now 4,552 +/- acre Honey Lake Plantation was founded by Elizabeth “Pansy” Ireland Poe who built what now stands as the Pansy Poe Cottage tucked away along the shores of the 80-acre spring fed Honey Lake. Miss Pansy Poe entertained her guests at her day house while they enjoyed the outstanding hunting and fishing opportunities at Honey Lake Plantation. Honey Lake Plantation remained within the Hanna-Ireland family until around 1980 when it was sold to Jim Dahl after Miss Pansy Poe passed.
Just the thought of Honey Lake being available to purchase caused Jim Dahl to get on a jet from Los Angeles and after seeing the lake he quickly seized the deal. This was one of Jim’s first acquisitions and today his passion for unique and beautiful properties is legendary. He went on to put together what is now regarded as the largest portfolio of high quality plantations ever assembled. Honey Lake was his signature plantation for decades. Jim’s passion for protecting and improving land and is renowned and over time he increased the plantation to encompass approximately 3,600 acres. Under the management of Jim Dahl, Honey Lake Plantation grew significantly in acreage and he meticulously improved the aesthetics and habitat of the plantation.
Bob and Teresa Williamson bought Honey Lake in 2008 after touring dozens of plantations across the southeast. Bob and Teresa have spent the last seven years improving this beautiful plantation and further increased the size to over 4,550 acres. They designed and built their main house, Selah, the campus and resort with over 48 rooms, restaurant, meeting and world class event facilities, a beautiful church (which they donated to the congregation), kennels, stables, gated entrances, and remodeled the Pansy Poe cottage. They also added over six miles of high-fence, dog kennels, horse stables, a sporting clay and skeet shooting complex, a garden and chickens, and a 40-acre irrigation pivot currently planted for a total of 82 acres of perennial peanut hay production. Today, Honey Lake Plantation encompasses 2,850 +/- acres. The resort portion recently sold and the 1,070 acre Hooking Bull Plantation is also offered separately.