As soon as the Civil War was over-150 years ago-James Monroe Smith started digging in the dirt. With one mule, he began turning Northeast Georgia red clay. And when his crops were in the barn, he hitched that same mule to a peddler’s wagon to sell tinware. In time, Smith’s vision, guts and hard work paid off. He owned one of the largest farms in Georgia, encompassing 30-square miles.
The center of his agricultural empire was in Smithonia. James Monroe Smith built 17 miles of railroad tracks to haul his products to market. The rail lines, his personal rail car, sawmill, fertilizer plant, brickyard, cotton gin, schools, post office and hundreds of other structures are gone, but six historic structures- his mansion, the milk house, the hotel, the plantation’s commissary and three massive brick barns- still stand in the center of his Oglethorpe County community.
Our neighbors have done a wonderful job restoring the hotel, commissary, milk house and the mansion. Our concentration has been of thee magnificent barns. The bricks were handmade on Smithonia Plantation. The gigantic 65-foot heart-pine beams and trusses were cut from the farm.
We are booking up quickly for weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions for 2016. If you would like to schedule a tour of the farm, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply fill out the contact form on this website.