Lawton Place Manor

136 7th Street

Mount Airy, Georgia  30563

Lawton Place Manor was completed in 1879 by then-U.S. Ambassador Alexander Lawton and his family as a summer home away from the heat and humidity of Savannah.    At the time it was built, Ambassador Lawton named this property "The Oakes".    The name was changed to Lawton Place Manor at some point in history.  This beautiful manor home was also (briefly in 1957) the home of legendary baseball player Ty Cobb.  The community today still refers to it as "The Ty Cobb House".  In most recent history, the property served as a popular small wedding venue.

In the Spring of 2020, Lawton Place Manor will open it's doors once again as a non-profit respite inn exclusively for parents & caregivers who have loved ones with disabilities and/or chronic illness.   This is the second signature respite property owned and managed by A Mother's Rest.  We rely entirely on donations to support the part-time staffing and maintenance of the property, so retreats can be free of charge to caregivers. 

Tremendous personal thought and care has been put into the interior decor and design of the inn to maximize comfort for the guests.  Our Founder, Executive Director, & Head Innkeeper's design style provides guests with a true feeling of sanctuary, with a mix of period antiques, unique lighting, and comfortable cottage-style furnishings.  The Manor House boasts six guest rooms with five and a half baths.  The Cottage holds two guest rooms with a full bath, kitchen, and laundry facilities.  Surrounded by both enclosed and open porches, plus a beautiful in-ground pool and lush gardens, our guests will have many cozy spots to rest.  

In addition to each of our guest rooms needing sponsors ($2500 each), our Legacy Giving Program makes it possible to also choose from the following:  Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Breakfast Solarium, The Great Hall, The Cottage, &  The Pool.  Inquire about sponsorship for your family, business, church or local civic group!  These funds support our operating costs at the inn.

Kathryn's Promise

Named to honor our largest benefactor, this room is our only ground floor room.  Manor House room.  Facing the East lawn,  with sunrise in the morning, it has a beautiful, hand-painted King size bed with a quilt in taupe and aqua.  Private full bath with newly re-tiled, over-sized shower for two.  Stunning original fireplace with mirrored quarter-sawn oak mantel.

Cobb's Corner

Named to remember Ty Cobb and what he means to this community, this 2nd floor room has North facing windows overlooking the pool. Stunning Queen sized oak poster bed. Two comfortable sitting chairs and a table adorn this room.  Original fireplace mantel painted white.   Full bath with tub/shower combo.

Cottage room-

Nora's Nest

This room is located in our Cottage.  It is named for another of the Ambassador's daughters.  Born from two prominent families, her full name was Sarah Hillhouse Gilbert Nora Lawton.  Her room has a unique rattan Queen sized bed and bright block print quilt.  The cottage has a shared living area, shared full bath with original claw foot tub and shower, and a kitchenette.  

Lawton's Legacy

Named to honor Ambassador Lawton, this room is the master suite of the manor house on the 2nd floor. With east facing views over the front lawn, and easy access to the 2nd story landing, this room boasts a high-back-headboard King bed with a quilt in red, white and blue. HUGE master bath suite with large tiled shower.  A campaign desk with General/Esquire/Ambassador Lawton's life-legacy items is a special feature of this room.  Original fireplace mantel. 

The Sleeping Porch

This darling napping spot is a favorite in the house! The Sleeping Porch has a Queen sized bed with a quilt in lime and lavender.  White lace and ruffles adorn the room.  Special pillow reminds guests to "Forget ME Not".  West facing windows with expansive view of the entire property.  (not an overnight guest room) 

Cottage room-

Louisa's Journey

This room is also located in our Cottage.  It is named for another of the Ambassador's daughters, who often traveled with him to his post as Ambassador to Austria & Hungary.  Queen sized wooden headboard.  This beautiful quilt is done in the colors of the Hungarian flag, as an additional tribute to our Founder, whose maternal ancestors hailed from there.   The cottage has a shared living area, shared full bath with original claw foot tub and shower, and a kitchenette.  

Sarah's Sanctuary

Named for Ambassador Lawton's wife, Sarah Gilbert Alexander Lawton, she was the epitome of "the lady of the house".  In high Victorian style, she graced these halls and greeted distinguished guests.  Her room is directly across the hall on the 2nd floor from her husband's, with stunning white wainscot paneling and a private balcony overlooking the pool.   King cherry poster bed with a quilt in pale peach and mixed tones of pale blue in the room.  Shared hall bath. 

Corinne's Comfort

This room is named after the Ambassador's beloved daughter Corinne, who was ill for quite some time and died at the age of 29 from yellow fever in 1877.    It is believed that her father sought to build this house to improve her health, but she passed away before she could ever benefit from the cooler air of the North Georgia mountains.    White wicker King sized bed with stunning, bright floral quilt.  This room overlooks the South gardens.  Full private bath with tub/shower combo.


A Mother's Rest Charitable Respite  Foundation

501c3 ID: 81-4965846

Virginia SCC ID: 08172710

Maryland FC ID: 0003682488

Donation Mailing Address:

32 W. Main St  New Market, MD 21774




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