Longpine is commonly ranked among the top five plantations for its wild quail, historical, timber, and ecological wealth. The quail hunting traditions that we know today throughout the Red Hills were started here back in 1888.
Longpine contains approximately 6,000 +/- acres and is the western half of the first quail plantation, Elsoma. It was founded in 1888 by Wyman Jones and his wife Salome (Hanna) Chapin Jones. The effect that this plantation and this couple had on the shaping of this region cannot be understated. Based on their recommendations, their relatives and business associates became the stewards of approximately 40 plantations that are still in existence today. They laid the foundation of what today is one of the most secure real estate asset classes in the world. In 1968, the family transferred the stewardship of Longine to Josephine Ford, the only granddaughter of Henry Ford. She was its caretaker for over 40 years.
The balance of wealth between quail and timber is uniquely determined by each individual owner. Longpine’s solution to this is to have some courses managed with a heavy emphasis for quail (consistent with the average modern plantation),but with the majority of courses being balanced for aesthetics, timber, and quail. The result is some of the most beautiful quail woods in the country. The diversity and wealth of this property is unparalleled.
As would be expected of the first quail plantation and with the who’s who of stewards over the past 120 years, the ecosystems are as close to perfect as one can imagine. Not only does Longpine have one of the largest privately held stretches of intact native ground cover, but it contains Rigdon Pond, one of the most unique karst features in Southwest Georgia. Approximately 90% of the plantation is in uplands. This provides an additional value of 15% to 20% over comparables.