Most homes don't have Secret Passageways, probably because most families don't need them. But in 1930, at the height of Prohibition, a family in the sleepy town of Dawsonville, Georgia built their home with a Secret Room, in which Peach Brandy, also known as "moonshine", was made. The Secret Room could only be accessed by a secret passageway that began in the back of a bedroom closet with a removable wall partition. The house which sits on Highway 9, the original "Thunder Road", included an indoor moonshine still that provided many gallons of Peach Brandy to the speakeasies in Atlanta. Several local people, including Bully Thurman, worked here to produce moonshine. Once the moonshine business closed, Bully worked at The Pool Room, where his “Bully Burger” became a local favorite.

This historic home has been lovingly restored, and is the perfect place to host your Wedding or Special Event from 30 to 50 guests. We offer a beautiful lake with a Gazebo and 300 seat Amphitheater, our former Barn now has a beautiful 2100 s/f Ballroom with a hardwood floor, for up to 300 guests. There are several garden areas and a fountain for photos, and two parking lots for ample off street parking. Our 6 acre site has it all and is the perfect place for the best day of your life.

We serve Southern style comfort foods, and are well known for our Caesar Salad and our Sesame Chicken with Lemon Dip. We believe that we have discovered the recipe for the “perfect Caesar Salad.” See if you agree. All of our sauces, dressings, and dips are made fresh in our kitchen, using locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Many of the vegetables and herbs are picked fresh from our on-site organic Garden.  You can taste the difference.

Update: Our historic house has recently been accepted for listing in the both the Georgia Registry of Historic Places as well as the National Registry of Historic Places. It's name is: The Boyd & Sallie Gilleland House.


Historic Peach Brandy Cottage, 3 Shepherd's Lane, Dawsonville, GA 30534

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