A 15-minute drive from the historic district will get you to one of the most beautiful estates in all of Savannah – the Wormsloe Historic Site.
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.
The Wormsloe Historic Site was once the colonial estate of carpenter Noble Jones, who came to Georgia with James Oglethorpe in 1733. This former plantation is the site of the oldest standing structure in Savannah – the ruins of Jones’ tabby house, which was built in 1745. The land stayed with Jones, who took several roles in the colony and fought against the Spanish, until he died and continued with his descendants until the state acquired it in 1973.This historic site is so beautiful that you’ll barely get through the gates before you have to stop and take a picture. Upon entering you’ll see two rows lined with huge live oaks with sweeping branches that create a spectacular mile-long archway over the road you’ll soon drive on!
A small fee will get you into this majestic estate, where you’ll find several photos stops and activities. Inside the museum, you can learn about the beginnings of Georgia and watch a 13-minute film about its founding by General Oglethorpe. It’s here that you’ll grab a map and choose whether or not you want to follow a costumed guide on the nature trails.
Several paths lead out to the waters of the Isle of Hope, where there are breaks in the trees and even docks to venture out on to get a great view. Jones’ 500-acre plantation was strategically located on the Skidaway Narrows to defend against Spanish ships. Any vessel that wanted to access Savannah from the southeast had to pass the watch station on Pigeon Island and Jones’ tabby house.
There are several annual events that the Wormsloe Historic Site hosts, including the Colonial Faire and Muster in February, the War of Jenkins’ Ear on Memorial Day, Georgia’s First Fourth in August, Tools and Skills that Built a Colony on Labor Day and a Colonial Christmas in December.
Wormsloe is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and located at 7601 Skidaway Rd. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $4.50 for youth 6-17 years and $2 for children under 6 years. For more information, you can call (912) 353-3023 or go to their website.