Honey Lake Plantation

Morton Bray Plantation

The 1850 Home

In 1843, James Oliver Morton and his new bride came from Savannah to unsettled Southwest Georgia. With this once in history opportunity, he had his choice of the finest land and timber in Georgia. The entrepreneur chose 4,000 acres located on what was then the Oglethorpe Trail, just a few miles southeast of present day Quitman. His choice made him wildly successful. With more natural beauty and diversity than almost anywhere else in southwest Georgia, he picked an area of fertile soils and rolling pine covered hills where Withlacoochee River, Okapilo and Pisgola creeks converge. He prospered with this plantation and became on of the founding fathers of Quitman becoming both a Judge and founder of the Bank of Quitman, which is in existence today.

In 1850, he commissioned John Wind English to design what is today one of the most outstanding examples of an original classic revival plantation home in existence. Wind was one of the best architects of the era and also designed such showplaces as Susina, Greenwood, Fair Oaks, Forest Hills and Eudora. The house is two storied with fluted, Doric columns supporting the front part of the roof which extends over a wide veranda on the first floor, and a balcony on the second floor to provide access to the rooms on the second floor. The house is L shaped with parlor, dining and sitting rooms, Master bedroom, small child's room, and a back porch with breezeway connecting the kitchen. The entrance is into a hallway which extends from the front veranda to the back porch. In this hallway is a floating spiral stairway, with banister post of spooled mahogany, leading to the second floor. This home is one of his last surviving plantation houses with original acreage and proudly listed on the National Historic Register.

"The antebellum home is a good example of the land. Both didn't go through a bad "1980's restoration" that is so commonly seen. Both are left very well intact and correct and both available for the new owner to modernize with the wealth land management knowledge and resources we have today. Tall Timbers would be my very first place to go. This plantation is a jewel and I would only want the best, most skilled diamond cutters and their advisors on Morton Bray."

— Jon Kohler

The 1850 Home Pics

of Morton Bray Plantation

  • 3,500 +/- total acres Historic Plantation
  • Famous 1850’s Five-Column antebellum Greek Revival home and grounds designed by John Wind English
  • $3,921,853, approximately $1,235 overall per acre, in timber per the 2017 timber estimate
  • One of the largest stands of intact wiregrass & longleaf pin in the Red Hills Region
  • 1 +/- mile on Withlacoochee River
  • 3 +/- miles on Okapilco Creek
  • 1 +/- mile on Piscola Creek
  • 1,600 +/- acres of native groundcover and mature natural pine
  • 1,100 +/- acres of old field ground and merchantable pine
  • 400 +/- acres of exceptionally pristine hardwood bottoms
  • Established in 1843 by Judge James Morton; he prospered there for 68 years then the R.N. Bray Company managed it for 84 years!
  • In the Tallahassee/Thomasville Plantation Belt near other famous Brooks County plantations such as Talloakas, Okapilco, Brannville, River Bend, Pinion Point, Four Oaks, Kinderlou Forest, Tamathli, Pinckney Hill, Blackwater, Hickory Head & King Place.
  • 350 +/- acres of agricultural fields and food plots
  • Record timber value, with one of the most intensively stocked, privately owned stands of natural timber in the southeast
  • Frontage on US HWY 84 & Madison-Quitman Highway
  • Access to amenities, infrastructure, zoning, comparables, river frontage and historical assets gives it enormous higher and better use potential.
  • There is currently no conservation easement in place. This could prove to be one of the most significant conservation easement donations in Red Hills history.
  • Only 30 min to Valdosta & 35 min to commercial airport in Valdosta, the 10th largest city in GA & Only 35 min to the Thomasville Airport
  • One of the most diverse eco-systems on any plantation in the Red Hills

3,500 +/- Acres
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Jon Kohler

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