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Old Horne Farm

$3,490,000 Chatsworth, GA 715± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Tucked into the foothills of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, this historic 715± acre farm embodies the best qualities of north Georgia land. Purchased from the Cherokee Nation along with 14,000± additional acres in 1832, Old Horne Farm is a piece of the legacy of Farish Carter, an essential figure of Georgia’s pre-Civil War economy and the namesake for the city of Cartersville. Farish chose a spot just up the road from Old Horne as his family’s summer residence, a testament to the allure of this area. Old Horne Farm consists of fertile farmland that gradually moves into rolling forested hills that overlook the scenic countryside below. One of the properties highlights is the adjacent 3,200± acre Carter’s Lake, the deepest of Georgia’s reservoir lakes and an incredibly rich recreational body of water. Old Horne Farm is just 20 miles from Ellijay, GA, one of North Georgia’s prized mountain towns, and 65 miles from Atlanta, providing many wonderful conveniences.

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Just the Facts

  • 715± acres in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Excellent location just 25 minutes to quaint mountain town of Ellijay and only 1.25 hours to Atlanta 
  • Adjacent to 3,200± acre Carters Lake, a fantastic recreational mountain lake
  • Mountain creek runs through property
  • Great property for equestrians and general outdoor enthusiast with an enormous amount of outdoor venues nearby
  • 100± acres of open fields and pastures for farming or livestock interests
  • Quaint country home and supporting farm facilities 
  • Originally part of the historic Farish Carter land holdings of north Georgia
  • 600 ft. of elevation change from agricultural fields to mountain peaks

Broker's Comments

Situated within the transition of two distinct Georgia regions, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Valley and Ridge region, Old Horne Farm has a tremendous amount of landscape diversity both within its own boundaries and in relation to how an owner engages with the surrounding area. The property offers elevation changes of 600 feet that take one from fertile agricultural fields to mountain peaks with spectacular views. These landscape changes create wonderful aesthetics, and the proximity to Ellijay and Carter’s Lake transforms the lifestyle the property is able to provide.

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Location

Old Horne Farm is located near the Murray County seat of Chatsworth, GA in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The property fronts Old Highway 411 and is adjacent to Carter’s Lake, a 3,200± acre recreational lake with undeveloped shorelines. Old Horne Farm is just 6 miles from Carter’s Lake Marina.

Old Horne is just 25 minutes from Ellijay, GA. This small town has lots of local fare and there is always something happening in this mountain town, whether that is a festival, live music, car show, or antique show. Every October, Ellijay is home to the Georgia Apple Festival!

The farm is only 65 miles from the booming city of Atlanta, GA, making for an easy after-work drive for spending relaxing weekends filled with outdoor fun and a convenient separation from the hustle and bustle of urban life.  


  • Carter’s Lake Marina: 10 minutes (6 miles)
  • Chatsworth, GA: 15 minutes (11 miles)    
  • Ellijay, GA: 25 minutes (20 miles)
  • Jasper, GA: 25 minutes (23 miles)    
  • Chattanooga, TN: 1.0 hour (53 miles)
  • Atlanta, GA: 1.25 hours (65 miles)

Locale

Old Horne Farm is in a great location to enjoy a number of nearby outdoor venues. While large in size at 715± acres, the surrounding recreational opportunities make this farm act and feel much larger than it is.  

Carter’s Lake: Formed from the bed of the Coosawattee River, the 3,200± acre Carter’s Lake provides exceptional recreational opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking. The creation of the 445 foot Carter’s Dam has resulted in the deepest reservoir lake in Georgia with a max depth of 547 feet and an average depth of 200 feet. The shoreline is pristine with no private docks or homes providing an unrivaled connection to the great outdoors. Carter’s Lake abuts Old Horne Farm, and trails from the property lead to incredible views overlooking the lake. Also, the farm is only 6 miles from Carter’s Lake Marina making lake activities very available and user-friendly for the owner of Old Horne.

Chattahoochee National Forest: Old Horne’s proximity to the Chattahoochee National Forest expands upon the outdoor recreational opportunities that are close enough to regularly and conveniently enjoy. For an action-packed day, grab your mountain bike and head to Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway and explore the Pinhoti Trail System. Or just 40 miles away is Amicalola Falls State Park, a premier outdoor destination with a wealth of activities including hiking, zip lining, paddle boarding, and fly fishing. The state park also hosts Amicalola Waterfall, the tallest cascading waterfall in the southeast.  

Cartecay or Ellijay Rivers: Carter’s Lake is not the only interesting water around. Near Ellijay and on the Cartecay or Ellijay Rivers, you can spend a family fun day floating in a tube or kayaking. The confluence of these two rivers forms the Coosawattee River, which continues on and flows only a few miles from the front gate of Old Horne.

Climate

The weather in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is almost as great as the scenery and it boasts four distinct seasons. This area neighboring the Chattahoochee National Forest has summers with warm to mild days and often comfortably cool nights. On average, July is the warmest month of the year with the average high temperature being 86 degrees and the low 67 degrees. The summer months tend to receive more precipitation than other times of the year, and the area has an average annual rainfall of 53 inches. Spring and fall are incredibly pleasant with mild days and cooler nights. During the winter, snow occurs sporadically with an average annual accumulation of approximately two inches. There is a distinct change in elevation on Old Horne with the elevation ranging from 712 feet to 1,389 feet.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 715±

Total Acres: 715±

* All acreages are approximations.

Additional Information

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. “

Improvements

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.

Farm Structures: 

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.  

Taxes

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.

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Recreational Considerations

Old Horne Farm offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for all types of outdoorsmen whether those interests be centered around hiking, gardening, farming, equine, hunting, boating or beyond.  

With a horse barn, paddocks, and lots of open land to expand on, the farm is very well suited for equestrian interests. The sheer size of the farm allows for long horseback rides and there are some riding trails in place with lots of opportunity to expand upon them. One of the existing trails leads to a gorgeous overlook of Carter’s Lake.

Old Horne has lots of wildlife and there are strong populations of whitetail deer and eastern turkeys for those that enjoy hunting. The 100± acres of open land offers lots of opportunity to tailor other hunting interests whether that be the planting of a dove field or the creation of a release quail program. 

When talking about water resources, the adjacent 3,200±-acre Carter’s Lake cannot be overlooked and is sure to provide endless amounts of water recreation. Reference our Locale section for more information on Carter’s Lake and other surrounding venues that offer recreational opportunities.

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