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Georgia’s historic Callaway lodge, host to four U.S. presidents, just fetched $1.3M

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Property at Blue Springs was the work of Atlanta architects Ivey and Crook

Photo of a place where Franklin D. Roosevelt spent lodged for more than 100 nights in Georgia.
Where Franklin D. Roosevelt lodged for more than 100 nights in Georgia.
Photos courtesy of Harry Norman Realtors

About an hour and a half southwest of Atlanta, a 1930s Adirondack log home steeped in Georgia and U.S. history has traded for a presidential sum.

That’s the word from reps with Atlanta real estate firm Harry Norman Realtors, which recently represented the sellers of The Lodge at Blue Springs, built and developed eight decades ago by the family behind Callaway Gardens.

Set on 127 acres, the five-bedroom lodge sold March 26 for $1,275,000, per the real estate firm. Buyers weren’t identified.

The property has hosted four U.S. presidents over the years, including Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who’s said to have spent more than 100 nights at the lodge.

The rustic environs were designed by Atlanta’s Ivey and Crook, the architecture firm behind downtown’s restored Olympia Building, Midtown’s Rhodes Center South, Buckhead mansions, and numerous other landmarks. The property features eight fireplaces, an indoor pool, guest house, two-story great room, and a 14-acre lake.

Views from the property of rippling topography.

The Callaway family, originally known for founding a LaGrange cotton processing company, opened nearby Callaway Resort and Gardens in the early 1950s, which remains a popular outdoor recreation, wedding, and tourist destination.

The lodge was originally built by Cason Callaway and his wife Virginia.

The former’s agricultural and conservation efforts led him to befriend U.S. presidents and other dignitaries such as former Coca-Cola president and philanthropist Robert Woodruff, another frequent guest of The Lodge at Blue Springs.

The home’s long facade, with an enclosed swimming pool at right.
The lodge’s main room.
The pool, with stone fireplace.
In 2002, the house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
A dining table in the great room is positioned where U.S. presidents once sat.
Including Franklin D. Roosevelt (center, seated) and others.