The land that is Brinson’s Race has been a source of sustenance for the farming family for centuries, albeit sometimes lean. Lived in and worked by tenant farmers and their families, the fields there have grown many a crop, primarily cotton and peanuts. More recently, soy beans have been added to the rotation.

© Laura O. Biering    © Laura O. Biering    © Laura O. Biering

When Robert Lane Overstreet, whose mother was a Brinson, retired there in the early 1990s, the original home had fallen into disrepair. He built his new home in its place, to his unique specifications, and it is sure to be loved for generations to come. Still on the land are the original barn and syrup house, as well as a one-room log cabin, which has been restored and converted into a one-bedroom cottage.

© Laura O. Biering

Dr. Overstreet passed away in December of 2005, and the farm is now lovingly cared for by his daughter, Laura Overstreet Biering, who uses it for her personal retreat, as well as for facilitating groups and retreats for others, and renting it to those who wish to do the same.


Also of note is the fact that, in 1993, with its deep family roots and centuries of stories to tell, Brinson’s Race was named a “Centennial Family Farm” by the Georgia Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources.