Morton Bray Plantation – Brooks County, GA

Quitman, GA – Morton Bray Plantation is one of the largest remaining plantations in the Red Hills region at 3,500 acres.  The original owner lived here for 68 years – and even ended up as the oldest Bank President in the U.S. Lots of interesting things about Morton Bray Plantation to share.

Morton Bray Plantation, circa 1850

James Oliver Morton arrived in the area in 1843, and acquired 4,000 acres.  The main house dates to about 1850, and was designed by noted architect John Wind.  He designed several other major plantation houses in the area, as well as the Brooks County Courthouse.

James Oliver Morton (History of Brooks County, 1948)

Throughout his life, the list of accomplishments makes me feel so lazy just reading them!  A few notable things:

  • Named one of the first justices of Brooks County – thus he became referred to as Judge Morton
  • Member and Chairman of the County Commissioners
  • One of the founders, and President – Bank of Quitman – until his death at age 91 in 1911.  He was the oldest living Bank President in the United States!

Just a beautiful property, and so interesting to learn a little more about the man who built this home.  Thanks so much for reading the blog, I sure appreciate it!







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