7601 Skidaway Road — Savannah, GA
912-353-3023 — Website
April 2007 – When I was planning my stay in Savannah, I kept coming across pictures of a long lane lined with massive, mossy oak trees, but with no caption as to where it was. I knew I wanted to go there, but where was it??? I was thrilled when I finally saw it identified as Wormsloe Historic Site. It is the remains of a plantation that Noble Jones began developing in 1736. More than 400 live oak trees were planted by descendants in the 1890s. They have matured into majestic mossy beings forming a thick canopy along the mile long drive from the beautiful masonry archway to the museum with info on the grounds and structures.
Just driving through the archway, I could already start feeling the magic of this wonderful place and had one of those “Oh Yippeee!” moments that make me so glad I started RVing to get to see these kind of things…
View of the 1-1/2 mile drive from the entrance. Drive slowly through the 400 oak trees planted in the early 1890’s and savor the charm that just drips from these massive, mossy beings.
This was another one of those amazing moments in travel that I was able to share with my mom. Even though I had been here several times during my months in Savannah, when I was hooked up to leave for our big Blue Ridge Parkway tour, my mom flew here for that departure. I took her around Savannah and the Historic Squares, but decided to drive through here in the motorhome on our way out because I just knew she would love it.
Every time I got out to take pictures, she would also just to talk to the trees. Here I caught her twirling around like a little girl. I loved seeing that and knew it’s no mystery from whom I got my intense love of trees!
Almost to the Visitor’s Center. While I really recommend making this a day trip, if you’re just passing through Savannah, I think it’s great that there is RV parking and a large turnaround at the site past the main museum parking lot.
Walk from the museum toward the nature trail, 18th century plantation ruins and Colonial Life area. Be sure to see the short film about the site at the museum before heading out for exploring. Pick up a map and make your way down the trail for other interesting and note-worthy stops.
These are the ruins of the first “tabby” house started in 1793 by the original owner, Noble Jones. Originally it had 8′ high walls to ward off Indian or Spanish attacks. Tabby = lime, sand, oyster shell and water molded to harden to withstand the Georgia climate.
At the Colonial Life Area in front of the “wattle and daub” hut, another building method. Dressed in period clothes, David showed us some of the tools of the times and how the hut was built.
Chris and Kassi were eager students and shaved a cedar branch smooth using a rather wicked looking thingamajig (that’s a technical term for “I can’t remember the tool name”).
If you’re lucky, you’ll be there when Kathy Morris is working. She was absolutely delightful and when I told her I was in Savannah to do an article about ghostly residents, she showed me the remains of the family graveyard and told me about the strange young palmetto plant that will wave wildly sometimes even when there’s not the slightest breeze blowing and nothing else is moving. Unfortunately, when I was there, I couldn’t testify to this because it was a breezy day anyway. But I believe, Kathy, I believe! Even when not seen, energy never dies – and I can’t blame even spirits for not wanting to leave here!
View from the museum toward the exit – we didn’t really want to leave, either!
This turned out to be my favorite place in Savannah. Besides the breathtaking beauty, there’s just something wonderful about the feel of the place and the history that breathes through the moss-filled old oaks.
More Wormsloe State Historic Site Info:
Wormsloe State Historic Site – A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702–1775). Jones was a humble carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and the first group of settlers from England. Wormsloe’s tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah.
Sights to See: Wormsloe (Savannah.com) – A 15-minute drive from the historic district will get you to one of the most beautiful estates in all of Savannah. Not only does the Wormsloe have trails branching out through the woods, but it also has historic ruins and paths that run along the edge of the forest, where you can get breathtaking views of the Isle of Hope. You can take a guided tour or adventure out on your own through the trails, which can extend up to 2.3 miles.
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