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.
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.