When Brantley County was created in 1920, Hoboken was chosen as the seat of government. After two contested elections voters chose Nahunta to be the new county seat and it was officially recognized as such in 1923. Since this structure, designed by Waycross architect Thomas Jefferson Darling (1868-1943), wasn’t completed until 1930, I presume the courthouse in Hoboken remained in use during the interim.
National Register of Historic Places
I thought this may have been a boarding house, but it was actually built as a hotel and later used as a tourist home and private residence. Lynda Broome writes: This house was never a boarding house. It was built by Mrs. Noel Lary as a hotel, in 1901 not 1890. Mrs. Peek ran the hotel and Mrs. Lary left it to Mrs. Peek upon her death. Mr. Lary had left the land to his wife and Mr. Peek was dead. The two women ran the hotel where famous politicians and wealthy travelers on the train disembarked for meals or a layover on the way to Jekyll Island. It was known as the Peek Hotel. J. P. Morgan, the Rocefellers, and other tourists from the north wrote to others that they would “see you at Peek’s place”. When the hotel was built Brantley County was still Wayne County and Nahunta was once called Victoria.
My grandparents bought the property in 1939 and in the 1950s my grandmother added the rear portion and started a tourist home. All six of their children were grown and gone. There is so much more to the history of this property but not enough room to tell it here. Many couples were married here by Rev. Carl Broome, my grandfather. He also owned the Brantley Enterprise, Blackshear Times, Alma Times, and two other newspapers.