In the early 1900’s, the Newberry family settled on this South Georgia land. Tommy Newberry, born here in 1933, had a vision of people sharing in his passionate pursuit of the bobwhite quail. This led him to attend a seminar at the University of Georgia offering insight and insurrection on organizing a quail hunting property. In 1960, he was awarded the third commercial hunting preserve license ever issued by the state of Georgia.
For a daily fee of $25 per person, Mr. Newberry began his quest to provide guests with the best quail hunting around. As Quail Country began to prosper, his wife, Ann, started assisting with meals and lodging. They both loved the land, sharing it with others and worked hard to maintain it.
Several years later, Mr. Newberry was called to become a Methodist minister, serving the South Georgia Methodist Conference for over twenty years. He called on his sons, Tom and Mark, and daughters, Kay and Debra, to take over the hunting and farming operation, which they did until 1992.
In 1992, Kay and her husband, Paschal “Doc” Brooks, took over the care of this special place. In 1995, they meticulously designed and built a beautiful, 14,000 square foot lodge to accommodate the many first-timers and the loyal hunters who return year after year.
The family tradition continued as LeeAnn Brooks Dalrymple, daughter of Kay and Paschal, joined our staff as manager of our lodging facility. LeeAnn grew up on Quail Country Plantation and brings her passion for the land and family business to our management team.
The Brooks’ other children, Chase Brooks and Karie Spence and their families, share the same love for the plantation and pitch in as often as they are needed.
In October 2016, Quail Country suffered a tremendous loss with the unexpected passing of our beloved, Doc. Many wondered if Quail Country would resume the hunting season and its operations. Those questions were quickly answered as Quail Country hosted a hunt the evening of Doc’s service because he would say the hunt must go on! He would never want anything to impede on a quail hunter’s experience on the land he loved so much, not even his arrival in Heaven. Kay and LeeAnn assumed his many roles to continue his legacy.
Kay, family and staff at Quail Country Plantation continuously strive to perfect the quail hunting experience to give hunters the hunt of a lifetime!