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This $22.7 million quail plantation in southwest Georgia is a hunter’s paradise. It has five properties and more than 3,500 acres of hunting land — take a look inside.

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A white Greek Revival plantation in southwest Georgia with three columns on the front porch and pine trees in the foreground

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  • Magnolia Hall is a quail plantation in Thomasville, Georgia that’s on the market for $22.7 million
  • The property also includes five additional structures and more than 3,500 acres of hunting land. 
  • Take a look inside this piece of southern history. 
Magnolia Hall Plantation is a historic quail plantation in Thomasville, Georgia about four hours south of Atlanta.An aerial view of the Magnolia Hall Plantation, a white home built in a Greek Revivalist styleMagnolia Hall was once named the Morton Bray Plantation after its first owner, Judge James Oliver Morton.

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The property comes with five separate homes and more than 3,500 acres of land.The main entrance to the Magnolia Hall Plantation includes a hand-carved wooden banister with white railings, a chandelier, and a wooden coat rackThe hand-carved railings on the entryway banister harken back to a bygone era.

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Jon Kohler, the seller’s agent, told Insider that the property was developed in 1850 by famous architect John Wind, who is known for his Greek Revival style.The dining room at Magnolia Hall Plantation includes an eight-person dining table, wooden floors and ceilings, and drop-hang lightingWind is also known for designing the Thomas and Brooks County Courthouses in southern Georgia.

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Kohler told Insider that the property has been primarily used as a quail plantation since it was built in the 1850s. Quail plantations are common in south Georgia because of its lush habitat and diversified selection of tree cover. 

Many quail plantations were converted from old cotton plantations in the 1880s as wealthy industrialists from the north moved southward after the Civil War, according to research from the University of Tennessee.

“Magnolia Hall does not have the traditional markings of an old cotton plantation like a graveyard, and I don’t believe the property was ever used to grow cotton,” Kohler told Insider. 

Oliver Morton, who was the governor of Indiana and the property’s first owner, also a opposed slavery and supported the ratification of the 13th Amendment following the end of the Civil War, even though it cost him his political future, according to research from Indiana University.

 

All of the lumber used to build the home was cut from virgin longleaf yellow pine trees that surround the property.The living room of the Magnolia Hall Plantation's main house includes hardwood floors and a large bay windowThis home is one of the last surviving plantations with its original acreage, according to the listing.

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Kohler said Magnolia Hall became a turpentine factory around 1911 and operated as such for about 86 years until it was purchased by Virgil Williams, an entrepreneur and former owner of the Georgia Force arena football team, in 2018.The kitchen in Magnolia Hall Plantation's main house includes a modern range and stove top, a standing island, and hardwood floors.Williams also renamed the plantation to Magnolia Hall.

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Kohler credits Williams for reviving the property by adding modern amenities in the main house as well as the guest houses, and working to preserve the natural habitat surrounding the property.A bedroom at Magnolia Hall Plantation includes a king sized bed, a wooden chest-of-drawers, wooden doors, and hardwood floorsThe interior home is a mix of modern amenities with old southern charm.

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Williams also led an effort to rebuild the natural quail habitat, including adding new predator control programs, that resulted in a five-fold increase in the number of quail coveys in the area, the listing says.One of the bedrooms at Magnolia Hall Plantation includes a working fireplace, two large windows, and hardwood floors

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Kohler told Insider that his favorite part of the property is the hand-carved wood features, especially around the entryway banister. ‘It really sets this plantation apart from others in the area.’The exterior balcony at Magnolia Hall Plantation acts as a hallway between the upstairs roomsThe Doric columns pictured here support the roof and a second-floor balcony that acts like a hallway between the upstairs rooms.

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If the main house isn’t enough, there are four additional homes on the property, including this 1-bedroom commissary that is often used to host dinner parties.One of the five properties included with Magnolia Hall Plantation is a small cottageThe commissary was originally built in the 1880s but has been renovated and updated several times.

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There is also a 4-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom guest house that was built in 2022One of the five properties at Magnolia Hall Plantation includes a white, two-story single-family homeThe guest house is just past the dog kennels and has enough space for several guests to sleep comfortably.

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This 3-bedroom guest house is also included in the purchase price.One of the properties included with Magnolia Hall PlantationThis guest house could make a perfect in-law suite.

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Magnolia Hall sits at the confluence of the Withlacoochee River, Okapilco Creek, and Piscola Creek, making it one of the best game hunting sites in the area.An aerial view of the Withlacoochee River that runs through the Magnolia Hall Plantation propertyThe property has quail, turkey, and white tail deer living on it.

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Kohler said the area was repopulated with white tail deer that were imported from Wisconsin in the 1960s.A family of three walks on a wooded dirt trail on the Magnolia Hall Plantation propertyThere are trails that lead toward all ends of the property.

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Magnolia Hall also has one of the largest stand of wiregrass and longleaf pine in the Red Hills region of Georgia, according to the listing.An aerial view of three of the properties at Magnolia Hall Plantation and some of the woods surrounding the property

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