Wormsloe Historic Site
7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA, USA
www.gastateparks.org/Wormsloe - (912) 353-3023
Wormsloe Historic Site Savannah Reviews
Wormsloe Plantation and the story of Noble Jones Apr 05, 2012
The Wormsloe Historic Site is a Georgia state park that preserves the ruins and land of Wormsloe Plantation,one of the earliest Colonial Georgia settlements. It's also the story of Noble Jones (1702-1775), a classic American success story.
Noble Jones was a London carpenter who came to the Georgia Colony with James Oglethorpe's settlement in 1733. He became a carpenter, physician, town planner, landowner, and Chief Justice in the New World. Because he had paid for his passage he was assigned 500 acres on Skidaway Island, the largest size land grant. On his land, he was to erect a fortified home that would serve to guard the southern approaches to Savannah at the Skidaway Narrows. (There was much concern that the Spanish in Florida would invade.)
Tabby ruins mark the location of Noble Jones' fortified house. The tabby house was begun ca. 1739 and its ruins are the only structural remains in the area from the time of Oglethorpe. The structure was part house, part star fort. It was solid, tabby consisting of lime, sand, water, and crushed oyster shells. (Tabby was used as a substitute for bricks. It was similar to coquina in the Spanish colonies.) At the ruins, one can imagine how isolated this place was in 1739. (Even today, it is some distance from downtown Savannah and in a less developed suburban area.) Noble Jones and his family had to be completely self-reliant, building the house fort and farm themselves and unsure when an attack might come. (The Spanish never did attack in Savannah, though they did attack in Frederica to the south. See my Fort Frederica review from 2010.)
The ruins are the major attraction at Wormsloe, but there is much else to see. The impressive entrance is a mile-long Avenue of Oaks, planted by a descendant of Jones in the 19th century. (Other Jones descendants still live nearby on part of the original property.) The Visitor Center has a film and interpretive information. A trail leads to the ruins, along the Skidaway River marshland, and to the family cemetery. (Noble Jones' remains were moved to Bonaventure Cemetery.) There is also a Colonial Georgia living history area which we did not visit. I really enjoyed the interesting ruins and the tabby construction and the direct connection with the Colonial era.
Admission is $8. (Admission at the gate cottage. Then proceed down the Avenue of Oaks to the Visitor Center.)
Part of the Savannah Sojourn 2012 travel blog
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