In 1902, lumber mogul H.B. Carter built this home overlooking beautiful Lake Morton. Throughout the years, he hosted celebrities including William Jennings Bryan, Thomas Edison and Teddy Roosevelt in their visits to the area. Then as Lakeland grew and the city began getting a little too close for comfort, Carter decided it was time to move...but he took the house with him. The home was moved from the downtown Lakeland area to its present location in south Lakeland on County Road 540A.
But it wasn't until 1970 that this house got the attention it so deserved. Shortly after marrying in 1969, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Mr. and Mrs. Country Music, called this their home when they moved to Lakeland in 1970. In a newspaper interview, Ms. Wynette was quoted as saying, "This is home for us. We're cutting down our traveling to about ten days a month and plan to spend most of the rest of our time right here. It's the only place we want to be." The couple truly loved the spacious, rural surroundings.
They began entertaining on the property and it was appropriately named Old Plantation Music Park. They drew some top names in country music including Porter Wagner, Charlie Pride and Johnny Cash. Unfortunately, the rural neighbors, who also loved their peace and quiet, didn't love all the noise. This ultimately meant the end of expansions for the property. As any country music fan knows from their song lyrics, this Two Story Home, wasn't always a happy home. At the end of 1972, the couple decided it was time to move on.
The home inspired the hit songs "The Grand Tour" and "Two Story House".
A postcard featuring Tammy Wynette on the front steps of the home back in the 1970s.
Music and Memories
This country music couple not only made memories in this home, they decided to sing about it.
The house is filled with rare antiques. There's marble on the floor. Beauty all around us like we've never seen before.
Lyrics from George and Tammy's hit single "Two Story House".