Historic Callaway Lodge at Blue Springs sells for $1.275 million

Published 8:00 pm Monday, April 8, 2019

ATLANTA – The historic Lodge at Blue Springs, which was built and developed by Cason and Virginia Callaway, sold in Hamilton on Tuesday, March 26 for $1.275 million.

The seller, the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, was represented by Harry Norman, Realtors. The buyers, Nicholas and Crystal Poe, were represented by Go Realty’s Angie Cotton-Jones from LaGrange.

“The Lodge at Blue Springs is unique and special,” said Harry Norman, Realtors Agent Sister Hood, who represented the sellers. “The home is immersed in history, and the new owners will enjoy it as much as our U.S. presidents did.”

According to a press release from Harry Norman, Realtors, the historically rich Adirondack log home constructed in the 1930s was designed by architects Ivey and Crook of Atlanta. Four U.S. presidents have stayed at the Callaway family home over the years, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, who spent more than 100 nights on the property.

The main home sits on 127 acres and features five bedrooms, five baths, eight fireplaces, an indoor pool, a two-story great room with double fireplaces, a 14-acre lake, a guest house, a three-car garage, gated entrance and separate office.

The Callaway family has played an important role in Georgia history. In 1900, the family founded what became Callaway Mills, a cotton processing company in LaGrange. The Callaways also founded banks and an insurance company. Later, the family established the 40,000-acre Callaway Gardens, a popular tourist, wedding and outdoor recreation destination.

Cotton-Jones said the Poes, who own Southern Life Insurance in LaGrange, have been searching for land in Harris County for the last couple of years, and immediately fell in love with the Lodge at Blue Springs.

“They really wanted to escape with the kids to hunt, fish and enjoy nature in their free time,” Cotton-Jones said. “Crystal fell in love with the history of the home and how peaceful it was. The more they went out to the property, the more they felt like it should be their permanent home.”

Cotton-Jones said Key and Gordy PC served as the attorney, and Charles Sweat with First Peoples Bank financed the property.