Do dreams really come true? For Harvin Carter, owner
of Newell Lodge, his 18 year old dream became a reality when the
construction of Newell Lodge, began in November 2007. Consisting of nearly
60 acres of woodlands and massive oak trees, Newell Lodge boasts of natural
beauty which calms and soothes the soul. Nestled in South Georgia, wildlife
is plentiful. Deer, wild turkeys, birds, wild hogs, fox and squirrels can be
seen daily. Horses, cattle and chickens also call Newell Lodge their home.
Newell Lodge was designed and created by its owner, Harvin Carter. It was
his dream to create an equine facility with plenty of space so that he and
his daughter, Ashley, then 3 years of age, could spend their time riding and
caring for their horses. He further envisioned other horse enthusiasts would
come and spend days doing what they do best…riding! Harvin Carter has owned
and cared for horses since his teen age years and his love for them has not
diminished. The Carter′s daughter, Ashley (now 24) shares this same passion
and love of horses. Since the age of 5 she has competed in local, regional
and state competitions. Ashley continues to ride with her dad every chance
she has, making his dream…perfect.
Newell Lodge is family owned and operated since 2007.
A Brief History of
Located approximately seven miles north of Folkston,
the community known to Charlton County natives as Newell, was
established in 1904 by a Northerner named Willie C. Newell. Newell
consisted of a naval store and a post office, with Mr.
serving as the store operator and the postmaster. In 1909, Noah R.
Wainwright assumed the position of postmaster. (Kay Carter, one of
the owners of Newell Lodge is the great granddaughter of Noah
Wainwright.) The post office was discontinued in 1917 and local
residents went to the nearby settlement of Winokur to retrieve their
By the early 1920’s, the Newell community was thriving with its own
church, commissary, school and post office. Other business activity
included a saw mill, naval store, turpentine still, general store
and the raising of livestock. Later, Hercules Power Company set up
its woods operations in Newell and remained there for several years.
Newell also served as the flag-stop on the Atlantic Coast Line
Railway Short Line. Each day a mixed freight and passenger train
known as “The Bogey” would stop for passengers in Newell on its way
south into Folkston. On its way back north, “The Bogey” would
deliver its early morning passengers after they had a day of
shopping or business in Folkston.
When Newell was a thriving community, it was home to a number of
families. Once again, Newell is experiencing growth and new life
with homes being built, families returning and a new business
venture, Newell Lodge, which offers a slice of true country living.