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