Our Farmhouse is a charming historic Colonial home, circa 1914, is nestled on 21 acres in a valley at the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, bordered by the Chattahoochee National Forest. The authentic 1800’s barn, the southern charm of the colonial farmhouse or the outdoor garden lawn with mountain views; no matter the choice, our simple country elegance will have you coming back again and again. The farm provides a country setting along with elegant and charming features that will make your stay enchanting and distinctly different. Mountain Laurel Farm is just 5 miles from Alpine Helen, Georgia with lots to see and do.
Mountain Laurel Farm celebrated it's centennial birthday in 2014 as well it's it's Grand Opening this past fall as Northeast Georgia's newest Bed and Breakfast and Destination Wedding and Events Venue.
It's picturesque landscape has been a favorite of many on lookers and was featured in Virgina Slims "You've Come Along Way Baby" campaign by the Leo Burnett Agency in New York
Mountain Laurel Farm was also beloved by of actress Susan Hayward and she stayed here on several occasions while filming the movie "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain". In fact, our bride room in the farmhouse is named after Mrs. Hayward. Image Clips from the Movie
The William Jerry Lothridge family are the current owners of the farm. (Jerry, Shirley and their 2 daughters Darla and Melody). Jerry purchased the property from his parent's William Grady and Mildred Pardue Lothridge in the early 70s. Jerry had dreams of developing a public camp resort on the 600 acres across the street from this mother's old home place that burned just past the farm property. His dreams were brought to fruition and eventually he developed and built a 52 acre lake on that property, a dam and created the camp resort of his dreams, initially called Arrowhead Campground, which later became known as Mountain Shadows. After seeing several Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Campgrounds out west through his travels, Jerry and wife Shirley decided to grow this dream further and join forces with Yogi Bear Jellystone Park franchise and merged the two names -Mountain Shadows Jellystone Park. The park is no longer his and now called Mountain Lakes Resort which incidentally offers a great place for your destination wedding parties to stay nearby. Ask us for more information.
The campground property joined Mountain Laurel Farm and Jerry and his family lived on the farm while running the campground. Jerry also kept up the tradition of cattle farming as did the original owners Ernest T. and Mary Lyod from Atlanta who had a famous Polled Hereford Cattle farm and auction on the property for many years until they retired and sold everything, including all furniture, tools and even some clothing to Grady and Mildred as their summer home. See slide of Mildred Lothridge (Jerry's mother) at the spinning wheel as well as the Virginia Slim's ad and some other past articles and pictures.