— Overview —
- 1,318+/- acre Estate
- 18,000 sq ft. House 7 BR, 6.5 Bath built in 1910 by Standard Oil heir John F. Archbold
- 5.2+/- Miles on the Ochlocknee River
- This is an Ideal Heritage Property
- GA State Record Buck Scored 202 3/8 B&C!
- Located Apx 4 Miles from Downtown Thomasville, Georgia
- Six Ponds
- Guest House by Main House
- Six Tenant Houses
- Plantation Office
- Pool House with Solar-Heated Saline Pool
- Four-Car Detached Garage
- Gate House, Equipment Barn, Wood Shed, Workshop, Pump House, & Carriage Barn
- Ideal Location for an Equestrian Program
- Skeet Range
- Gazebo and Boardwalk on Pond
- Located Across from Greenwood Plantation and Bordered by Labrah Plantation
- 1.5+/- Miles on HWY 3 and Nearly 12Mile on HWY 84
- 20+ Food Plots and 12 Shooting Stands
- Wild Quail
- Turkey, Duck, & Dove
- Pristine Hardwood Drains
- Rolling Topography
- Quality Timber
- Fishing, Boating, and Family Recreation on the River!
- Enjoyed by the Current Owner for Almost 30 Years
- Opportunity to Retain Longstanding Management & Staff
- In the past, the Property was Listed for $28M
- There is Currently no Conservation Easement on the Property
Thomasville Plantation With a Restored 18,000 sq ft House Built in 1910, Over 5 Miles on the Ochlocknee River, Several Guest Houses, and More!
Chinquapin was originally established by philanthropist John F. Archbold, heir to the Standard Oil fortune, this estate was built as a testament to the wealth created during the industrial era. Located on a bluff overlooking the Ochlocknee River, the main house alone is nearly 18,000 square feet and is on equal footing with some of the nation's most prestigious houses. In 1910, Mr. Archbold built the house as a winter retreat where he could focus on writing and painting. Just as importantly, this plantation has some of the last remaining examples of pre-Columbian untouched hardwood and pine bottoms as any property still in private hands today. In fact, the portion across the river is now a state park! For the last thirty years, Alexandra Kauka and the late Rolf Kauka improved and restored this well-adorned estate and were stewards of the vast untouched timber stands. Today, their wildlife program has received accolades and they have received numerous awards. Read the testimonial from Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue
Chinquapin is located in the world famous Red Hills Plantation Belt in the most prestigious of neighborhoods. Although in a region famous for its quail, Chinquapin and the hardwood bottoms on the property have attracted some of the largest bucks in the state. In fact, Rolf Kauka, the late owner, actually harvested a 202 3/8 B&C monster here; the record buck for that year in Georgia! Chinquapin’s name is derived from the American chinkapin, a species of chestnut native to the United States, and more specifically Georgia.
Alexandra Kauka surrounded by characters created by her late husband, Rolf, including the beloved, Fix and Foxi.
Chinquapin was purchased by Rolf and Alexandra Kauka in 1982. Described as the "Walt Disney of Europe," Mr. Kauka was a German artist, writer, publisher and most famously known for his characters, Fix & Foxi. They came to Thomasville for the warmer climate and a retreat. They fell in love with Chinquapin Plantation because it reminded them of their country estate in Germany. Mr. Kauka passed away in 2000, with Alexandra becoming his successor at Kauka Promedia. A talented model, artist, writer, and philanthropist, Alexandra is a worldly businesswoman and an astute hostess, especially when in Thomasville.
The historic Chinquapin Plantation is now available for an additional discount of 25%.
The plantation is now available for $9,500,000.
"Chinquapin's unique blend of Old World and Southern charm is rivaled only by its unspoiled beauty. From its ancient live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss to its tall stands of slash pine, wild game abounds. Whether your quest be for a magnificent whitetail buck or a wily long-spurred wild turkey, look no further. In my 20 years of hunting all across the country and around the world, I have found no better place than this paradise right here in my own backyard."
— Dr. Wesley Simms, Thomasville, GA
"I have had the pleasure of hunting on Chinquapin Plantation and my experience was incredible. Chinquapin Plantation could best retain its prominence and its important wildlife habitat as well as contribute to the connectivity of nearby protected lands through the application of a conservation easement and I hope any future owner will consider that."
— Rex Boner