The Laverlea Preserve | Evans, GA

Laverlea is a 344-acre nature preserve on Blanchard Road in Evans, packed with beautiful scenery, rolling pastures, deep hardwood forests, tranquil creeks, and lush wetlands. Situated in the midst of this idyllic setting sits a stately Colonial-style brick home, formal English gardens, and various barns and outbuildings where we hope to one day host a variety of outdoor educational and recreational events.

Laverlea was generously donated to the Land Trust by Ms. Laverne Dorn in December 2022.  Since 1970, Laverne and her family have carefully tended to Laverlea’s vast grasslands, meadows, and pastures, growing vegetables, raising cattle and harvesting hay.  The name “Laverlea” is actually a combination of the words Laverne and Lea: Laverne in loving memory of the Preserve’s donor, and Lea meaning grassland, meadow, or pasture. It seemed only fitting to recognize both the place and the person who made its preservation possible. The Laverlea Preserve is, essentially, Laverne’s Pasture.

Our goal in the coming years is for Laverlea to become a place where the community can connect to nature, and experience the joys of the natural world just like Laverne did.  By creating a place where everyone feels welcome to explore the great outdoors, we hope to encourage a love for nature throughout our community, and ensure a healthier future for our entire region through preserving these special natural places.

Please check back for more updates on this exciting new property.  You can also view updates and photos on Laverlea’s Facebook and Instagram pages.


PLEASE NOTE: Laverlea is not yet open to the public.

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The Estate at Laverlea

Situated in the center of the Preserve is the Estate at Laverlea, a 4,000 square foot home with surrounding gardens, patios, and landscaped areas. 

Inside, the home features generously sized living and dining rooms, an historically-inspired gourmet kitchen with dinette, four bedrooms (two ensuite and two Jack & Jill), a full-width screened-in porch overlooking the formal English gardens, and a second-floor glassed-in porch with 270-degree views of the surrounding countryside. 

Outside, the Estate includes a large concrete patio and north lawn perfect for entertaining, the formal English gardens, as well as the protected Oak Cloister, private ponds, and of course 340+ acres of secluded forest and pastureland surrounding on all sides.

Beginning in 2024, the Estate will be available to rent for select events.  Please contact staff at to learn more.


Important Note: By visiting Laverlea, all visitors agree to follow the Rules & Regulations at all times, and to do their part to protect and preserve Laverlea’s natural, cultural, and community resources.  Laverlea is a wild and natural property with many inherent dangers and hazards.  All visitors do so at their own risk.