Thomas County, Georgia1318± ACRES

Perhaps the Best Example of an Equally Balanced Plantation Designed for Entertainment and Outdoor Recreation

  • 1,318+/- acre Thomasville Plantation
  • 18,000 sq ft. House 7 BR, 6.5 Bath built in 1910 by Standard Oil heir John F. Archbold
    • Exceptionally Maintained and Built Home
    • Recently Renovated and Modernized
  • 5.2+/- Miles on the Ochlocknee River
  • GA State Record Buck Scored 202 3/8 B&C!
  • Located Apx 4 Miles from Downtown Thomasville, Georgia
  • Perhaps the Best Example of an Equally Balanced Plantation Designed for Entertainment and Outdoor Recreation
  • A rare abundance of the area’s premiere pristine hardwoods
  • Timber Above Average for Plantation
  • Located Across from Greenwood Plantation and Bordered by Labrah Plantation
  • Six Ponds
  • 4,800 sq ft Managers House with Pool, recently renovated with new kitchen, light fixtures, etc
  • Guest House by Main House
  • Three Tenant Houses
  • Plantation Office
  • Pool House with Solar-Heated Saline Pool
  • Four-Car Detached Garage
  • Gate House, Equipment Barn, Wood Shed, Workshop, Pump House, & Carriage Barn
  • Kennel
  • Skeet Range
  • Gazebo and Boardwalk on Pond
  • 1.5+/- Miles on HWY 3 and Nearly 12Mile on HWY 84
  • Wild Quail, excellent Deer & Turkey, Duck, & Dove
  • Pristine Hardwood Drains
  • Very Good Soil
  • Incredible draws and Rolling Topography, “Spectacular Roll”
  • Pine Savannah Hills are Exceptional
  • Unmatched River Bluffs
  • Eco-tones between the river & pine upland is unparalleled & exceptionally beautiful
  • Fishing, Boating, and Family Recreation on the River!
  • Opportunity to Retain Longstanding Management & Staff
  • There is Currently no Conservation Easement on the Property

Thomasville Plantation With Unique 18,000 sq ft Architecturally Significant Home Built in 1910 by John Archbold, Designed for Entertaining and Recently Updated

Over 5 Miles on the Ochlocknee River Bluffs, and a Rare Abundance of the Area’s Premiere Pristine Hardwoods All within Less than Five Miles to Thomasville

Thoughts on the sale: Built in 1910 by one of the wealthiest industrialists in the world and coming in at 16,000 sq. ft. this home was certainly different! Sotheby’s couldn't sell it and referred it to us. We closed it in 2013. In 2019 we listed it again. Showed it twice the first day and put it under contract at full price to the fund of one of today’s wealthiest tech entrepreneurs and a household name. 

Chinquapin Plantation is a 1,318 +/- acre historic Thomasville Plantation featuring a unique 18,000 square foot architecturally significant home built in 1910 by Standard Oil Company heir, John F. "Jack" Archbold, and designed by famous architect A.S. Bell of New York. The home is designed for entertaining and has been recently updated. This beautiful Red Hills Plantation is located in the most prestigious of neighborhoods only five minutes to downtown Thomasville, Georgia and bordered by and in a neighborhood of other plantations. Chinquapin boasts 5.2 miles on the Ockclocknee River with unmatched river bluffs, has a rare abundance of the area’s premiere pristine hardwoods, beautiful rolling topography, and the pine savannah hills are exceptional. The ecotone between the river and the pine uplands is unparalleled and exceptionally beautiful. The plantation has several ponds, giant old live oaks draped in moss, very good soils, pastoral fields, and exceptional timber. The topography at Chinquapin is much more dramatic than what one would expect in the Red Hills; it has incredible draws and rolling hills, a “spectacular roll”. There is wild quail, exceptional deer and turkey, ducks, and dove. With the close proximity to Thomasville, the ability to entertain at Chinquapin is unparalleled. Chinquapin is perhaps the best example of an equally balanced plantation designed for entertainment and outdoor recreation.

Chinquapin was originally established by philanthropist John F. Archbold, heir to the Standard Oil fortune, this estate was built as a testament to the wealth created during the industrial era. Located on a bluff overlooking the Ochlocknee River, the main house alone is nearly 18,000 square feet and is on equal footing with some of the nation's most prestigious houses. In 1910, Mr. Archbold built the house as a winter retreat where he could focus on writing and painting. He also loved to entertain. Just as importantly, this plantation has some of the last remaining examples of pre-Columbian untouched hardwood and pine bottoms as any property still in private hands today. In fact, the portion across the river is now owned by the State of Georgia and forever preserved!

For thirty years, Alexandra Kauka and the late Rolf Kauka, described as the "Walt Disney of Europe," improved and restored this well-adorned estate and were stewards of the vast untouched timber stands. Their wildlife program received accolades and they received numerous awards.
Read the testimonial from Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue.

In 2012, Bob Dean, an architecture aficionada and a lover of history rich, historic homes and architecturally significant homes, purchased the plantation and for the last seven years, he and his wife Karen have updated the main house and been stewards of the plantation. They loved the balance of outdoor recreation, the architectural significance of the home, and the entertainment and social aspects of Thomasville. “Bob is one of the for most experts in early 1900’s architecture in the Southeast.” Jon Kohler. Mr. Dean has owned and renovated numerous architecturally significant homes and buildings from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Fun Fact: Chinquapin’s name is derived from the American chinkapin, a species of chestnut native to the United States, and more specifically Georgia.

Chinquapin is located in the world famous Red Hills Plantation Belt in the most prestigious of neighborhoods. It is perhaps the best example of an equally balanced plantation designed for entertainment and outdoor recreation; it has the location to be in Thomasville to entertain and also has enough acreage. Arguably, there is no better entertainment house on a plantation within five minutes of Downtown Thomasville than the Chinquapin house; it has had a long history of that from John Archibold on down. This architecturally significant main home boasts seven bedrooms, 6 full baths, two half baths, a grand foyer, large living room with fireplace, a billiard room, a women’s parlor, family room, a large, grand dining room, an office, and a game room tower on the third floor. There is a balcony off of the master bedroom as well as off of two guest rooms and there are large, wrap around porches all of which enjoy beautiful views of the property and river. Other improvements include a 4,800 sq ft recently updated managers house with pool, guest house, pool house with solar-heated saline pool, several tenant houses, plantation office, skeet range, and more.

Although in a region famous for its quail, Chinquapin and the hardwood bottoms on the property have attracted some of the largest bucks in the state. In fact, Rolf Kauka, the late owner, actually harvested a 202 3/8 B&C monster here; the record buck for that year in Georgia! There is also great turkey, wild quail, ducks, and dove.

Chinquapin consists of mature stands of timber, gorgeous hardwood bottoms along over five miles of the Ochlocknee River, several ponds, and pastoral fields. A large portion of the land consists of productive uplands. Stands of natural pine, located along expanses of rolling topography, surround open areas boasting beautiful vistas, fields, and food plots and there are also planted pines, mainly highly desired slash.

A Social Storm™ Property

Chinquapin Plantation is considered a Social Storm™ Property, a term we trademarked to identify unique properties that investors gravitate to for safety in bad times and buy for a recreation reward in good times. What makes a Social Storm™ Property so unique?

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