I am the seventh generation Roquemore to live here. Reminders of the millenniums before us are often found in the form of arrowheads and ancient fire rings. This spot has always been magical.
In 1888 my great grandfather, Joseph Hatton Roquemore, bought 200 acres of land in Newton County, Georgia, adjacent to the plantation where he grew up. That farm had been a land grant in 1784 to his great grandfather James Roquemore for fighting with the Georgia Militia in the Revolutionary War.
The original house was built and for years row crops like cotton and corn were grown. The family worked hard and got by on perseverance but the children found no interest in farming and moved to town. Eventually the old house fell into disrepair, was torn down and the land put in the land bank.
In the early 1980s my parents decided to build their retirement home on the farm. They lived here for over 20 years. After Mom died and Dad’s health declined my wife and I moved from California to help manage everything. We have now reluctantly decided to downsize and move to the Pacific Northwest to live out our years near friends and family.
John M. Roquemore