Just outside historic downtown Savannah, Georgia lies Wormsloe State Historic Site, part of the Georgia State Parks system. Driving up to this historic site you are greeted with a large and picturesque entrance gate - a definite photo op!
Once you drive through the entrance gate you must stop at the small cottage on your right for tickets and information. From there you drive forward on a breathtaking roadway lined with hundreds of live oak trees, moss hanging in that picturesque southern way. I was so captivated by this road, and my imagination ran wild with historical images of carriages and horses trotting down the lane.
Once you come to the end of this roadway you will reach a small museum that houses artifacts found at the old tabby ruins of Noble Jones' home, which was was completed in 1745, along with history on the founding of the state of Georgia and the first colonist to arrive in this area. The museum is small, and not very exciting for very young kids, but the staff is kind, even loaning us an extra umbrella since a downpour was upon us while we were there.
So with umbrellas in hand, and adventure on our minds, we began our trek down to the tabby ruins. The walk is not far, and would probably be a lot easier on a not so rainy day - we had to dodge puddles (or in some cases walk right through them) to get down the path. Once you reach the ruins it is intriguing to see how homes were first built by the colonist, and to let your mind wrap itself around the fact that the walls in front of you are over 260 years old! To think that the colonist were in a strange, new land with little to no resources, and had to use what the land provided to build shelters - and so you have the tabby house (ruins).
Just past the home is a stunning view of what used to be a small water channel that boats in the 1700s used to pass through (known as Jones' Narrow). The water channel has a lot less water in it now, and is mostly filled with grass and sand, but it is still a nice view. And the small crabs running around at the edge of the waterway had us stopping and watching for a while.
If you keep following the path along the water channel you will eventually come to a stone monument that marks the original grave site for Noble Jones. From here the path takes you back past the ruins and you can either decide to head back to the museum, or continue on into the pine filled woods to an observation deck and then over the bridge to a small colonial life camp. The rain couldn't stop us, and we headed for the colonial camp.
Unfortunately for us, due to the rain, there weren't any actors simulating life during colonial times, but we still were able to take shelter in one of the small colonial quarters. William enjoyed sweeping the dirt floor and Greg attempted to find us a pot to cook in, but all they had was a spoon. Hey, we were the only ones out in the rain, exploring the park, so we took advantage of it!
After sheltering in the colonial home for a bit, we headed back to the car, dodging (and not dodging) puddles. We really enjoyed ourselves at this park, and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Savannah, Georgia. I mean, we ventured out into a downpour to see the sites, coming back drenched and with dirty feet, so yeah, I'd say we would recommend Wormsloe State Historic Site. And if you make it there on a not so rainy day, you may have an even better adventure than we did! There are plenty of trails to take (we couldn't do them all in the rain!), and the park puts on special events throughout the year.
So if you're in Savannah, Georgia, or nearby, we suggest Wormsloe State Historic Site as a must see, for the history, beauty and picturesque southern charm.
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