Kingfisher Plantation – Quitman, GA

Quitman, GA – Kingfisher Plantation has played quite a role in Brooks County history, and was home of the Young Family until the 1950s.  Part of the property was sold in 1859 to establish Quitman, the County Seat – 283 acres sold for $1,415!

Kingfisher Plantation, January 2018 ©Old Georgia Homes

Located a ways down a lane, you pass pastures, fencing and then – you see this beautiful home, built in 1910!  I love seeing an old home that is full of life today – and seeing a tricycle and swing just makes me smile.

James Everett & Lavinia James Young (History of Brooks Co, 1948)

Originally owned by the Young family, who came to what became Brooks County in the mid-1840s.  James Everett Young assembled about 2,000 acres, and as mentioned sold part for the establishment of Quitman, the county seat.  There was a requirement that Quitman be within 4 miles of the center of Brooks County!

Kingfisher Plantation, January 2018 ©Old Georgia Homes

This is not the original main house.  This home was built in 1910 by son Edwin Jelks Young next to the original house.  The original?  It was then dismantled and used to build outbuildings!

Edwin Jelks Young was known for running an excellent farming operation at Kingfisher Plantation.  He also build the first Cotton Warehouse in Quitman in 1874.  With cotton prices fluctuating, farmers wanted to hold and sell when prices were better.  I read up about him, and he strived to live his creed of “Owe No Man”.  He took leadership positions throughout his life:  Chair of Brooks County Commissions, Director in the Bank of Quitman, and President of the Brooks County Fair Association.

Edwin Jelks Young, History of Brooks County 1948

Architect W.B. Camp of Jacksonville designed the home.  He had many other commissions around North Florida and South Georgia, including several schools, hotels, and residences.

When built in 1910, though outside the city limits – the house had all the modern conveniences: electricity and running water.

Kingfisher Plantation, January 2018 ©Old Georgia Homes

That’s a look at Kingfisher, and a little bit about the history.  Such interesting history here!  Thanks so much for reading the blog – I sure do appreciate it!  And if you are on Instagram, I post house photos there daily @oldgeorgiahomes.

 

 

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