Millhaven Plantation, Screven County

Millhaven dates to 1769. It’s grown over the past two centuries into a mixed-purpose property that still includes active farming operations, timber holdings and hunting reservations.

Today, it’s owned by William S. Morris III of the Morris Communications Company, who has received awards for its conservation and management.

That’s no small accomplishment considering it’s the largest farm operating as a single unit east of the Mississippi.

These images represent employee-related structures from the early to mid-20th century.


Filed under --SCREVEN COUNTY GA--, Millhaven GA

14 responses to “Millhaven Plantation, Screven County

  1. Dan Frawley

    … no one ever mentions the large unkept cemetery there?? I’d be interested in knowing more about it ….


      I am hoping to visit the cemetery. It may be the resting place of my ancestor Lucy Claflin. Is it accessible?


    My mother’s family was from Millhaven, GA. My grandmother was the youngest of 12 born circa 1900. The family name is Cooper with relatives to Butler. My mother is now 93 years old and I would like for my mother to visit for the last time. My first and only visit to Millhaven was in 1980 when we return to bury my “adopted” grandmother, my real grandmother’s sister at the family’s plot. My adopted grandmother or great aunt raised my mother after the death of her sister in 1930. If this history sounds familiar, and if you know the Cooper and/or Butler family and know the location of their family church, please provide this information. Thank you for reading.

  3. Lori

    I have ancestors that worked on Millhaven. This plantation has a school, church, saw mill, grist mill and many other things that make it a fascinating place to discover. My history of the plantation is in the Armstrong Campus/Lane Library if any of you would like to review it. It was a senior project at Armstrong Atlantic State University and then I used the information contributing to a master’s thesis. I’m happy to share what I know if you have questions.

  4. Terry Franzen

    My dad, Lloyd Glisson, was born on Milhaven Plantation in 1921. He was the 2d of 4 sons of Harry and Alma Glisson. My grandfather ran the plantation store. I vaguely remember going to the house where they lived once. It looked very much like the first picture of the run down house with the red siding. My father told me about working in the cotton fields. My dad was very big, 6 ft 4in, and went to Sylvania for high school where he could play football. He stayed with a family in town. He got a scholarship to GA Southern and played on the last football team before WWII. He was drafted out of school. After the war, he moved to Augusta. I am very interested in learning more about Milhaven.

  5. Marilyn Keola Maynor Gould

    My dad was hit by a car and died when I was seven years old. I have been able to trace his family of origin back to Millhaven in Screven, Georgia. Based on ancestry, I can see that my great, great, great grand parents James (Jack) and Henrietta Manor were negroes, born here and raised their families beginning in the 1840s. I never knew any of my dad’s 7 siblings and from what I can tell they are all deceased with the exception of his sister Millie who is now 90 years old. It would give me great joy to meet her and learn more about the Manor family history. I am planning to visit this area this spring or summer with my children.

  6. Tonia Cooper

    Good afternoon.
    I’m researching my family history and I think Greatgrand Parents might have lived on this plantation. Minis Davis and Ida Tilly Davis.

  7. Dale E. Reddick

    Hi Brian,

    In the Colonial Records of Georgia the progress of the building of the first version of Millhaven, then being called “Milltown” by its founder Francis Paris, was already being discussed in 1768. So, I think 1769 was the completion year for the mill and bridge at old Pine Log Landing on Brier Creek.

  8. David Clifton Damian

    My mother was born here in 1938, the youngest of 9 children (Clifton’s) and a twin. Millhaven was an incredibly thriving community with its own doctor, school, general store among many other things at that time. The town and surrounding farm (16,000 acres I believe) was owned by the publisher of the Saturday Evening Post, a powerhouse magazine back in the day. I love Screven County, the people, the beauty, and the history. The rich, rich history.

  9. Dianna

    Barbecue and Toasts Barbecue
    Hosted by Mrs. Mary Ann (Mills) Bonnell
    04 Jul 1812 Screven County, GA
    A barbecue consisting of an ox and two deer, with suitable trimmings, on the 4th instant by the worthy Mrs. Mary Ann Bonnell, living in Screven County on the Augusta Road, near Millhaven. The invitation was general to everyone within a mile of her dwelling, professing Republican Principles. The number of guest amounted to 130 (54 of which were Mrs. Bonnell’s children and grandchildren). An exhibition of the pupils under Mr. W.C. Wylly’s tuition took place previous to the barbecue, which did honor to themselves and teacher, and grave great satisfaction to the parents and spectators. After the exhibition and partaking of the barbecue the following toasts were drank and at each toast, a platoon fired and three cheers were given
    By Mrs. Mary Ann Bonnell: “The young men of 1812 – May they prove themselves worth of the heritage left them by their fathers of 1776”.
    By Captain Thomas F. Lovett, Sr. “To our brethren in arms – first to the officers – second to the privates now engaged in our Country’s Cause, in front of St. Augustine”.
    By Captain Bell: “To the Governor of our State, David B. Mitchell, and his band of patriots who distinguished themselves so gallantly at Amelia Island”.
    By Captain Wm C. Wylly: “May the blessed will of the Supreme Being be with and protect our gallant officers and privates now engaged in our County’s Cause – May they all act with that patriotic valor which becomes a republican in the time of action”.
    By Thomas F. Lovett: “To the young officers and soldiers in the American Army – May they fight the battles of their country in the time of war, and when gentle peace returns, enjoy the smiles of the fair of Georgia”.
    By Mrs. Wm Bryan: “To our Naval officers and soldiers, Commander Roger, Commodore Decatur, together with the rest of our Naval Officers: and my patriotic valor reign in the breast for every American until the time is no more”.
    By Mrs. Thomas Mills: “To the President, Vice-President, and to such part of the members as are possessed of republican principles”.
    By John F. Lovett: “To the memory of General Green”.
    By Mrs. Robert Lovett: “Let virtue and valor reign through nations yet unborn of the republicans”.

  10. My Great Grand Daddy worked here as a young man…my Daddy’s farm adjoins this plantation. My late husband logged the swampy areas in the late 70’s. Millhaven has been there forever it seems…

    • We lived in the community up until about mid 1970. I was 2 1/2 when we left. Jack and Shirley (Bennett) Scott are my parents.

      • Marilyn Keola Maynor Gould

        I am named after my grandmother, Mary Keola Scott, who was born in 1905 in Screven GA. She married David Arthur Manor of Screven, GA who was born in 1901. He was a light brown negro, who was a farmer in Millhaven according to census records. They had seven children. I don’t have information regarding “Scott”, my grandmother’s family. I wonder if there is any relation.

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