McRee Hall, 1907, Camilla

camilla ga mcree hall photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

James Price McRee (1862-1924) came to Mitchell County from Oconee County in 1889 and after a few years teaching at Camilla Academy, launched a successful naval stores enterprise. He commissioned prominent architect T. Firth Lockwood to build this home as a wedding present for his wife, Jeanette Wade, daughter of the sheriff of Brooks County. McRee and his business partner, Thomas I. McNeil, owned over 15,000 acres of timberland in the first decade of the 20th century and upon McNeil’s death in 1918, McRee bought out his share of the business. After a fire in 1936, the house was slightly remodeled by the Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer. The house remains the centerpiece of Camilla’s historic residential area.

National Register of Historic Places

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8 responses to “McRee Hall, 1907, Camilla

  1. Sharon Wade Carver

    Lovely photographs–I was amazed at the number on your web page, but most surprised to see McRee Hall. I fell in love with this house on another website and copied the photo from there to use as a desktop background. I thought I recognized it when I saw your photo and confirmed it. I had no idea, at that time, that I had a family connection to the house–Jeannette Wade is a distant cousin. I hope you continue your work–too much is lost, already.

  2. I posted a comment yesterday but as it is not shown, I’m trying once again. Hopefully, it will go through this time.

    Jeanette Wade Mcree’s 3x great grandfather, Edward Wade, b. 1726, was my 5th great grandfather. Through Edward, I have membership in both the
    “Daughters of the American Revolution” and “The First Families of TN”.

    I’m a native of Hall Co., GA and hope to see you post photos from that area and surrounding communities in the near future.

    I’ve been diligently doing genealogy research on all lines of my family for 10-15 years and this photo adds greatly to the information in my Wade side of the Family Tree program.

    Thanks again and God bless you in your efforts in your important work! I love looking at all the old photos!

  3. Lanelle Romines

    Thanks for posting this. Jeanette Wade Mcree”s 3x great grandfather, Edward Wade, b. 1726, was my 5th great grandfather. I came into the Daughters of the American Revolution” and “The First Families of TN” through Edward. I am a native of Hall Co., GA and hope to see you post photos from that area and surrounding communities. I do genealogy research on all lines of my family and this photo adds to the information in my Wade Family Tree program. Thanks again!

  4. Mary Nell Glaze Hinson ..... (Glaze...Wade)

    WoW…Impressive…Nice to see it’s cared for and now a B&B. A pharmacy fits the Wade history, as several generations of Wade’s were doctors.
    Jeannette Wade McRee and I share the same 5xGreat Grandparents, Edward & Mary Clements Wade.

    • Mary Nell Glaze Hinson ..... (Glaze...Wade)

      I left a comment yesterday 6/25/13 and need to correct an error. So, sorry, thanks for your attention to this . . .
      My last sentence needs to be replaced with the sentence below:
      Jeannette Wade McRee’s 3xGreat Grandparents, Edward & Mary Clements Wade, are my 5xGreat Grandparents.

  5. Linda Davis Jenkins

    Beautiful! Thanks for posting. I’m related to this line of Wade’s thru my GGG-GF Isaac M Wade.

  6. My wife and I stayed at this B&B last month. The ground floor was undergoing renovations as the owner was planning to open a compounding pharmacy on that floor. There are four bedrooms on the second floor furnished with period pieces.

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