The Premier Event Location/Corporate Headquarters in a Southern Plantation Setting
Overview & Broker's Comment
As plantation advisors, it has also been remarkable to witness first-hand what Bob Williamson did to modernize, recapitalize, and set up what is essentially the first “annuity” of its kind at the Honey Lake Plantation resort, without sacrificing habitat. Mr. Williamson took a sleepy, but beautiful, plantation originally founded as an annex to Pebble Hill and created, via the habitat he restored and recent developments in the immediate area, what seems like the new epicenter of the plantation belt. With his unique entrepreneurial model of running things as a business, he recapitalized Honey Lake and turned it into a showplace reminiscent of Pebble Hill and many of the grand plantations of their glory days.
While we are offering Honey Lake Plantation in its 4,552+/- acre entirety, or divided, this site highlights the resort campus which is situated on 99 acres. It is a masterfully designed event and meeting center. With his flair for entrepreneurial excellence, what Mr. Williamson created at Honey Lake on the 99 acre resort quickly became one of north Florida's top wedding spots and hunting retreats. Honey Lake has been featured in countless magazines and articles.
Mr. Williamson has decided to refocus all of his time on his ministry, The Jesus Alliance, and as such, both Bob and his son and partner, Jon Williamson, decided to be hands off beginning in 2015 to stop the energy required for the resort growth and simply let the management operate a traditional model of leasing out space for wedding and other events.
A lot has changed since Mr. Williamson first recapitalized Honey Lake in 2008, both on the plantation grounds as well as in the Aucilla River neighborhood. Today, the not so sleepy eastern side of the Red Hills is the epicenter of modern quail management with Tall Timbers recently acquiring the nearby Dixie Plantation. Up the road at Pinckney Hill, they proved they can operate farming and have record numbers of ducks and quail, and the newest neighbor is the soon-to-be-announced newly converted 3,200 acre Madison Oaks Ranch (owned by Hickory Foods that produces the Bubba Burger) and is creating the largest NPK free, all natural grass-fed beef cattle operation in North Florida/South Georgia.
We will always be grateful and want to thank Mr. Williamson for being so open about his faith and his storied testimony from a background that few of us can imagine. When Bob first came to us in 2008 to buy a plantation for his family, he didn’t have to tell everyone about his storied past. Then, he was only known for his success from about 300 business articles and in the final running as Georgia’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Instead, because of his love for Christ, he told many for the first time about the hardships he overcame through Jesus. Today, he is known throughout the region because he shared his beloved plantation as a platform for sharing his love for Jesus. Call me to discuss this opportunity further.