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 Newell
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. Newell 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 mail.
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.