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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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Taken on February 7, 2009