No Hope In Good Hope

Casulon Plantation

Good Hope, GA

Walton County


"Antebellum estate 6BR/3BA. Superbly restored. 10 outbuildings on 15 pristine seclud-

ed acres. Numbered structural beams. Kit garden w/original rock wall. 150-yr-old boxwood parterre garden. National Register. Home of former governor. Truly significant historic treasure. New Price: $1.5 million"


That was before it burned on March 25, 2002. The structure is considered a total loss but what's left, and the land, is still for sale (not sure what the price is now).


The 1824 Greek Revival mansion was a site for festivals, sightseeing tours and Civil War re-enactments. The grounds featured century-old cedars, magnolias, oaks and an English boxwood garden. It was once part of a 10,000-acre, 19th-century cotton plantation. A slave cabin and other structures still exist, but the smokehouse and vegetable cellar were destroyed in the fire.


At the time of the fire, Casulon Plantation had been at the center of a fight against a proposed granite quarry behind the estate. Opponents maintained that operating a quarry so close to the house might damage it. Shortly after Casulon had burned, the Walton County Superior Court ruled that the quarry did not violate county zoning regulations as had been stated. The Hanson quarry opened in 2005.


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  • Evan Leavitt 6y

    Thanks All!
  • Marty Hogan 6y

    oh my! sad on the fire! but it is wonderous you still extracted its grandeur out of such a tragedy
  • Dan 6y

    This is so . . . surreal? . . . dramatic? . . . symbolic?

    Thanks for sharing! Great work!
  • Gayle_T 6y

    Now that's pretty incredible.
  • Simon Kennedy 6y

    Wow I envy your subject matter.
  • Evan Leavitt 6y


    Thanks Everybody!
  • StephenReed 6y

    Fantastic image, Evan. I want to go find this!!!
  • ~diAnNa~ 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Artistic Treasure Chest {Invited Images Only} *Contest Open*, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Wow, What a shame... This is a stunning image.
  • Robert Lz 6y

    I've got to see this one, awesome picture Evan
  • Lynne Jenkins 6y

    Stunning! Awesome! Fantastic! Too many complementary adjectives to type out. I love this!
  • Amy Higgins 6y

    How tragic and suspicious! Hauntingly beautiful capture Evan!
  • Grzegorz 6y

    WOW....this is awesome.
  • Alan 6y

    Really sad story, of which you have made a fantastic image.
  • Kokkie5 6y

    Great capture, interesting story!
  • crashmattb 6y

    Wow, this is such a shame. Awfully suspicious that the events and timing surrounding the fire eventually benefited the quarry. As for the photo, it captures the essence of the pain, suffering and eventual demise of the poor old place.
  • Caitlin Bellah 6y

    Absolutely beautiful
  • ricksmile 5y

    one can see the entire foyer, sweeping staircase and all, in a pile just inside the door.
  • Watson Brown 4y

    Just makes you want to cry...
  • colemanchilders 1y

    this is a few miles from my dads house i went and saw it , it was a beautiful house with many other slave houses . I have heard it used to be a 15,000 cotton plantation, and then became a bed and breakfast after holding festivals and civil war reenactments. the land and land around the quarry (about 1000 acres) is for sale. I also think the Hanson rock quarry had something to do with this and another historical house just a mile or two away burning.
  • NightRacer 4mo

    Must have been something in its day!
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