The land encompassing the Carter Horne farm, or as locals call it, the Old Horne Farm, was purchased by Farish Carter in 1832 from Judge John Martin, the treasurer of the Cherokee Nation. The 700 plus acres was purchased along with over 14,000 additional acres comprising the valley north of the Coosawattee River. The Carter descendants still own over 14,000 acres of the original purchase. Born in 1780 in South Carolina, Farish Carter once owned over 45,000 acres throughout Georgia. He made northwest Georgia his family’s summer residence. Farish Carter’s summer plantation home is still owned by his descendants and is just a few miles north of the Carter Horne farm. Cartersville is his namesake.
The Etowah Historical Valley Society records the following:
“Farish Carter began his business career as a merchant in Sandersville, Georgia. During the War of 1812 he profited quite well selling arms and military supplies to the Georgia Militia as United States Army Contractor for Georgia. With the resulting profits, he bought a plantation at Scottsboro, Georgia south of Milledgeville, and another he called Bonavista on the Oconee River. By 1845, he would own over 30,000 acres in Baldwin County, Georgia alone. His appetite for wealth caused him to further speculate in land acquisitions and investments such as banking, gold mining and railroads. As the future of the Cherokee in North Georgia was being debated around 1832, Carter purchased 15,000 acres on the Coosawattee River from Judge John Martin, treasurer of the Cherokee Nation. He gave it the name Carter’s Quarters and established a plantation there in what would become Murray County. All his plantations were both self supportive and profitable producing a broad array of goods such as tobacco, wool, livestock, grains, timber and cotton. Carter also controlled a Louisiana sugar plantation during the early 1830’s.
With many partners, companies and investments over his lifetime, Carter had amassed business interests in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Indiana and Illinois. Included were mills, quarries, factories, toll bridges and ferries throughout Georgia plus steamboats on the Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers. Whatever his motivations, fame or fortune, Carter’s economic diversity played an important role in Georgia’s pre war economy. And while that might not have secured him an influential place in history, it led to at least one northwest Georgia community’s remembrance of him as their town’s namesake. Farish Carter died in Milledgeville, Georgia on July 2, 1861, less than a month after the South had declared war. “
Main House (1,432± sq. ft.):
Originally built in 1910 and significantly renovated in 2012, the main residence is an old farmhouse that sits on a gentle ridge. The front porch is very inviting, but the back porch is where you will want to spend your time as it overlooks the property’s farmland with the mountains as a backdrop. The home is in good condition and includes an open floor plan with living area and kitchen, two bedrooms, one bath, and a laundry room. The 2012 renovation included new windows, new roof, new porches, some new interior floors, new exterior doors, new wiring, new plumbing, renovated bathroom, renovated kitchen and a new open floor plan was created.
All of the improvements for supporting farm activities reside between the front gate and the main residence. These improvements include a large livestock barn with hayloft, an additional hay barn, smokehouse, corn crib, chicken coop, garage and a two-stall horse barn.
The annual property taxes for Old Horne Farm are approximately $4,900.
The farm is enrolled in Georgia’s Forest Land Protection Act, which allows for a reduction in property taxes for larger landowners. This is not a perpetual Conservation Easement.
There is not a perpetual Conservation Easement on the property and a new owner could realize significant tax benefits if he elected to protect the landscape in perpetuity.