Wandering through Wormsloe Plantation
There is seriously so much history and beauty in and around Savannah, Georgia! I couldn’t get enough of the trees, the Spanish Moss, and the old streets. I could have stayed for a long time just taking pictures of, well, EVERYTHING!
One of the places I really wanted to make sure we visited while on our Savannah/Tybee Island vacation, was Wormsloe Plantation.
Also a historic site, the plantation was the home of Mr. Noble Jones. He arrived in Georgia in 1733 as one of the first settlers. His house, now in ruins, is considered the oldest structure in the state of Georgia, and Jones actually started and settled the city of Savannah! Descendants of Jones owned the plantation until 1973 when the state of Georgia purchased most of the area to preserve it as a historical site.
Yes, I know the above picture is blurry…
As we were entering the site, I was taking a picture of Troy and the kids when an older gentleman asked if I would like to be in the picture, too, and he would take it with my camera. I said that would be great and we lined up.
He took one picture and this is what we got, haha! It’s blurry, but now a memory of our visit. And, if it hadn’t been blurry, I’m pretty sure it’s a really cute new family picture! 😉
We started our self guided tour, by entering the plantation through the main gate. Before reaching the actual house ruins, we drove under the live oaks dripping in Spanish Moss, and down the lane leading to a visitor’s center and parking area.
After ogling at the trees and taking 8 million pictures of the same thing (because I couldn’t get enough!!), we pulled into the parking area, got out, and explored the visitor’s center. They had displays and information all about Noble Jones’ life and family.
To get to the plantation house ruins, we took the short loop trail through the tree dense “jungle.” I’m pretty sure it’s just a forest, but it felt like a jungle with all the moss, vines, and undergrowth! Everywhere we looked were amazing looking trees, just waiting for their photos to be taken. So… I took their pictures!!
See what I mean?!?! Gorgeous!
When we reached the ruins, the kids were so confused, haha! We told them we were walking to where the house was, and they really thought we were going to see a house. But, alas, the house is gone and all that is left are a few sections of walls and foundation. Their faces were priceless, though!
As we continued on the loop trail, we came across an area set up with reenactment and replica buildings to show what life was like on the plantation for Noble Jones and his family.
Jones owned 5,ooo acres of wild Georgian land. The family was in charge of maintaining a fortified settlement in case of Spanish invasion, but they eventually built a large mansion which is now only evident by the ruins. The Jones family also befriended the local native Americans after they arrived, and learned from their new neighbors on how to work the land and survive the strange climate.
As we continued our walk, we visited the gravesite of Noble Jones, himself, and his wife. Jones died in 1775 and passed the plantation on to his daughter, Mary.
We were really glad we decided to visit Wormsloe early in the day, because by the time we were done walking it was hot, humid, and we were all sweating. We jumped into the car and made our way back down the tree lined main drive. You better believe I took more pictures!
Wormsloe Plantation was beautiful! It was fascinating learning about Noble Jones and his family. It was the perfect way to spend part of the morning while we were in Savannah, Georgia. If you are ever in the area, check it out!