Wormsloe Historic Site

You’ll find the last architectural remnant of the Oglethorpe era in Savannah at Wormsloe Historic Site, which is at the end of Skidaway Road on the doorstep of the Isle of Hope, about 10 miles south of the Historic Downtown. After driving under a large masonry arch at the entrance to Wormsloe, you’ll travel down an “avenue of oaks,” a wide, crushed-stone road lined with majestic live-oak trees. After 1.25 miles, the road narrows to a walking trail. At this point, you’ll find a parking lot and the Wormsloe museum. Continue on foot down the trail about 0.25 mile, and you’ll be looking at the remains of a fortified house where construction was started in 1739 during the 10-year span James Edward Oglethorpe spent founding and nurturing the colony of Georgia. The builder and owner of the house—a physician, carpenter, and surveyor named Noble Jones—came to the new colony in 1733 with Oglethorpe and the first boatload of settlers. Three years later, Jones leased 500 acres from the Trustees of Georgia, land that would be part of a plantation he called Wormslow. The name was changed to Wormsloe in the mid-1800s by his greatgrandson, and the plantation eventually grew to cover nearly 900 acres. Jones’s descendants donated 822 of those acres to the Nature Conservancy in 1972, and the property was transferred to the state of Georgia, which manages the site via the Parks and Historic Sites Division of the Department of Natural Resources. The house Jones completed in the mid- 1740s was a five-room, one-and-one-half story dwelling built into a fortlike, rectangular wall intended to protect its inhabitants from attack by the Spanish. The house and wall were made of tabby, a concoction of oyster shells, lime, and sand mixed with water. You can see parts of the foundation of the house and large portions of the wall. Other points of interest at Wormsloe are the museum and theater, where you can learn more about the site and the early days of the colony; a stone monument marking the first Jones family burial plot; nature trails; and the Colonial Life Area, which contains re-creations of outbuildings characteristic of Wormsloe’s early period. This area is also the site of living-history demonstrations and programs presented during special events. During your drive down the avenue of oaks, you may notice an elegant, two-story frame house on the eastern side of the road. This structure was built in 1828 and is home to the ninth generation of Jones’s descendants; it is closed to the public. Wormsloe is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. It’s closed on Mondays that are not legal holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens, and $2.50 for those 5 to 18 years old; children younger than age 5 are admitted free. After you visit Wormsloe, take a few minutes to drive through nearby Isle of Hope, a community of narrow streets and beautifully preserved houses. Turn right after leaving Wormsloe, and you’ll be on Parkersburg Road, which meanders through Isle of Hope until it reaches Bluff Drive, one of the prettiest streets in the Savannah area. A jaunt down Bluff Drive, which runs alongside the picturesque Skidaway River, is worth the time it will take to make this short detour.

Locations

7601 Skidaway Rd
Savannah, GA 31406
United States