Main House: The plantation’s entrance off Old Magnolia Road is a beautiful tree-lined drive to the main house, situated on a high hill overlooking Lake Miccosukee. It is a 5,794± square foot ranch-style brick lodge with four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, and two additional half baths. It was built in 1979 by the Love family after the original house burned.
Caretaker’s House/Guest House: Approximately 2,850± square foot with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and located adjacent to the main house.
Dog Manager’s House: Approximately 2,414± square foot recently renovated with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. There is a detached garage/carport.
Other housing: There are two additional older houses: 1,104± square foot three bedroom/one bath cottage with adjacent open barn/carport, and 1,059± square foot two bedroom/one bath house.
Other improvements: Other improvements include a ten-stall horse barn with an enclosed tack room with water and electric, a secondary horse barn, 28-run dog kennel and a 6-run secondary kennel, large tractor barn with enclosed shop, several other pole barns, a staff building, pigeon/training coop, lakeside cook shack/screened pavilion, lunch cabin, 1,200 bushel grain bin, five 500 gallon fuel storage tanks and a five stand skeet range with hi-low houses and a bonus duck tower. There are over 10 miles of graded road.
Deeded Acres: 4,563±
Total Acres: 4,563±
Loveridge Plantation’s lands are among some of the first purchased for sporting by wealthy northerners who came south to winter. In 1913, Lewis S. Thompson (Lew), started buying lands in the Red Hills, eventually amassing 20,000 acres. He called his plantation Sunny Hill.
In his book, This Land I Have Loved, Robert C. Balfour, Jr., describes L.S. Thompson as “the greatest field shot of them all…He never pretended to work but spent his time in the outdoors hunting, and got to be one of the best marksmen in America.” Lew was an heir of William P. Thompson’s fortune, founder of the National Lead Company, which later merged with John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust.
Lew is credited with convincing many of those with ties to Standard Oil to purchase land in the Red Hills. He was a great influencer and contributor to the people and places around him. In 1916, he hosted the first meeting of the Georgia-Florida Field Trial Club at Sunny Hill. The participants enjoyed the competition so much that first year, they resolved to make it an annual event that still takes place today. And, when quail numbers were declining after years of no daily limits, Thompson and a handful of other plantation owners led the charge to seek out the best naturalist available to study the quail, with the goal of increasing the supply. In 1924, Herbert Stoddard was brought to the Red Hills, first to research quail, and then he stayed to develop a method of land management that stressed ecological diversity and reintroduced fire in the longleaf-grassland ecosystem. This early investment by
Thompson and his peers is still providing returns to the Red Hills region today.
Soon after the end of World War I, Thompson sold a portion of his landholdings to New Jersey Governor Walter Edge and Chairman of Standard Oil, Walter C. Teagle. They named their place Norias. Edge eventually gave up his interest in Norias and bought Sunny Hill from Thompson’s widow in 1937. In the meantime, in 1946, businessman and industrialist George H. Love, who led both Consolidated Coal and Chrysler back to profitability, bought land on Lake Miccosukee and named it Loveridge. When Governor Edge passed away in 1956, Mr. Love purchased 10,500 acres of Sunny Hill to add to his Loveridge holdings. This 4,563± acres of land has been held by the Love family since. This is one of the first times that this land has been made available to the public and not privately traded among friends/neighbors.
Based upon recent years, the annual property taxes for Loveridge are estimated at $44,286.