Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

The Nolan farm operated from 1856 until about 1970 and covered around 2,000 acres in Morgan County, Georgia. This is the second Nolan farm home, built sometime between 1905 and 1910. The first Nolan home is a plantation plain I-form house located further south on the opposite side of Highway 83. Behind this house, to the west along Nolan Store Road, was a complex of farm structures and tenant homes.

Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

The store adjacent to this home was actually the commissary. There are rumors that the tenant homes were actually slave quarters, although the building in question is actually a tenant house with wooden boards that are clearly not old enough to date to the antebellum era. Like most plantations of that era, the Nolan property supported its own commissary. It was essentially a credit-based store for employees.

Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

The cotton plantation included a blacksmith’s shop, commissary store, cotton gin and several tenant houses. Once slave labor ended in 1865, many of the workers remained on the property as tenant farmers. Remnants of the tenant houses and farm structures still exist in the woods and fields near the crossroads. At its peak, the Nolan plantation was one of the largest tenant farming operations in Morgan County.

Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

The Greek Revival plantation home has been vacant for the past 35 plus years. It has been used in some filming recently, including a FOX network series. That would explain the limited restoration that has been done. Rumors swirl around this house as to its preservation status. The current owner has expressed no desire to sell the property or restore the house. On behalf of the landowner, the Madison-Morgan Conservancy staff prepared the nomination for the National Register of Historic Places for the Nolan house. The house was added to the register in 2015.

Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation

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17 Replies to “Nolan Plantation”

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  2. just an FYI regarding to Nolan house to any who might be interested in photographing it. Today (7/9/18)I spoke with the conservancy group who looks after this property in regards to shooting there. They told me the owner is NOT interested in selling and does NOT want to be contacted. There are wasp and bee infestations as well as bats inside and around the property, along with weak flooring on both floor levels. She urged me to warn others that there are security systems in place to identify trespassers, but encourages everyone, for their own safety, to stay off the property.

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  3. No way! Is this the one that’s been used during scenes in the Walking Dead? Great blog by the way, I’ve always been fascinated in abandoned homes and buildings and really curious as to their history and past inhabitants, the walls are simply steeped in history. Thank you very much for sharing 🙂 Beautiful work.

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  4. I would make the perfect animal sanctuary I dream of. Land for cattle and horses. In house space for a bird room and a critical care room. Plenty of space for me and a staff or two. Dream on dreamer!

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