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Historic 1600 Acre Souter Plantation to Sell at Auction

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ALBANY, GA – On December 12, 2009, for the first time in over 150 years, 1,600 acres of the historic Souter Plantation in Macon County, Ga. Will be offered at auction by J. Durham & Associates Inc. of Albany. This auction offers the bidder a once in a lifetime chance at owning a piece of southern elegance, history, and tradition.

A one-of-a-kind property, Souter Plantation is pure Georgia luxury in the heart of the south’s prime hunting and farming region. Located in Macon County, Georgia, the Souter Plantation has stood the test of time through six generations, providing a homestead and livelihood for the many descendants of Colly and Elizabeth Souter and the backdrop for an intriguing historic tale of the Souter family.

In 1849, the Souters left Dutch Fork, a prominent German settlement at Newberry County in South Carolina, choosing to make Georgia the new home for them and their nine children. As a young man in the 1800s, John Wesley Souter, the oldest son of Colly Souter, left his family’s new Georgia home and came to Macon County, where he married Eliza Barfield. They purchased acreage to establish a working plantation and later inherited additional property from Eliza’s family, bringing the total to 3,000 pristine acres.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, John Wesley joined Rylander’s Battalion and fought valiantly throughout the entirety of the war before returning home to oversee the plantation. The Souters had four children, including James Frederick, who later moved to Preston, GA and became a lawyer. His son, James Lester Souter, worked the family property as a farmer, lumberman and exporter, while serving three terms in the Georgia State legislature.

The most recent owners, James Lester Souter Jr., and his wife, Betty Ann, continued to treasure the family plantation and the long history that accompanied it. Souter made his living in lumber and pulpwood, and his son, Les Souter, carries on the family tradition today, overseeing the property for his family.

Located on Highway 240 near Oglethorpe, Georgia, in that area of Macon County known as Payne’s Bottom, the Souter Plantation at one time included a grist mill, where meal was ground and syrup made. Nearby stands the historic County Line Baptist Church, that used to serve as a school during the week and a church on Sundays.

An exquisite property reminiscent of the prime plantation property, 1,600 acres of Souter Plantation are being offered for sale to the public for the first time in more than 150 years. Featuring all the grace and beauty one would expect from such an exclusive property in the south, Souter plantation is a mix of pines and hardwoods, a perfect blend for wildlife habitat.

The 1,600 acre historic Souter Plantation will be auctioned off on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM EST at Hwy 240, Souter Road, Oglethorpe, Ga. 31068. If you would like more information on this property, please call J. Durham & Associates, Inc. at (229)436-2733 or (800)342-2666, visit our office at 1216 Dawson Rd., Suite 102, Albany, Ga. 31707, or visit our website at www.jdurhamauctions.com.


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