White and his wife decided to build the great house (Whitehall) on a hill where the road from Haskins Crossings to the settlement of Cochran bends slightly along the two mile straight away. She chose an architect by the name of “Sessions” , from England, to design the 16 column house. The structure is built from heart pine and is held together with drawn nails and wooden pegs; the ceilings are 15 feet high. Four small cedar trees were planted symmetrically along the front of the house, two of the trees remain today. In the years prior to the Civil War, Whitehall was a bustling, self-contained community. Out front of Whitehall stood a commissary store, a saw mill, a shingle mill as well as many other barns & outbuildings. A gin house once stood 200 yards from the big house and there was an old brick pond where bricks were made. The pre-war plantation contained some 22,000 acres, making it one of Georgia’s largest strictly agricultural plantations.