Brooks County, GA – About 6 miles outside of Quitman Ga, Forest Hill Plantation is thought to be the first 2 story house in Brooks County! The Spain family lived here for quite some time, and established the Bank of Quitman along with a hotel.
The house is thought to be an 1840s build and originally was part of Lowndes County – this house actually predates the founding of Brooks County. John William Spain and his wife Rachel, along with his mother, purchased 25,000 acres in the area. In the mid 1840s they moved to this site.
After John William Spain’s death, Rachel married Major Francis Jones – who built this house.
Rachel’s son Francis Jones Spain not only managed the plantation – he helped to established what later became the bank of Quitman in 1888. This is the old Bank of Quitman building, dating to 1901.
And a look today.
Interestingly, he also built the Hotel Marie in Quitman, name for his daughter Marie. Here’s a vintage postcard showing the Hotel Marie
He had multiple business interests including a cotton mill, lumber company, and part of the South Georgia Railroad. Amazing to think of how much business originated from the first two story house in the county!
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