Fort Gaines Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Though you may see them from time to time, Georgia’s iconic fire towers are actually quite endangered. In the late 1980s, the Georgia Forestry Commission began phasing out the tower operators in favor of an air patrol system. Many were scrapped and sold and of the ones that remain, some are used when air service is unavailable.
Brothers Dan and Ed Giles, whose family has farmed the surrounding countryside for over fifty years, have transformed this historic home into the Pine Ridge Plantation lodge. They have modernized the space while maintaining its historic integrity and the plantation has quickly become one of the premier hunting destinations in Southwest Georgia.