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Callaway Gardens Tries to Bail Itself Out

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  Site Where: 17800 Highway 27 S [map], Pine Mountain , GA, United States, 31822
July 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to Gannett’s Montgomery Advertiser we recently learned that Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia sold off 4,500 acres for $8 million to pay some debts.

Don’t get this twisted, though. The non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, the entity that owns the Callaway Gardens, controls about 13,000 acres, and of that about 2,500 acres is used for the gardens and resort. The area that’s been sold is out in the boonies, and not used by visitors.

Callaway Gardens has seen a decline in visitors, about 600,000 fewer people visited Callaway last summer than in previous years, the Advertiser reported. However, those figures don't include people who come to the gardens and forgo the resort, spokesperson Rachel Crumbley told us. Meanwhile, we’ll keep our ears open to learn the plans for the 4,500 acres, and the resort's attempts to sell even more of the land.

[Photo: Callaway Gardens]