WORMSLOE 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), a physician and carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and the first group of settlers from England.
Surviving hunger, plague and warfare in the rugged environment of Georgia, Jones went on to serve the colony as a constable, Indian agent, Royal Councilor and surveyor, laying out the towns of Augusta and New Ebenezer. He also commanded a company of marines charged with defending the Georgia coast from the Spanish. After his death at the beginning of the American Revolution, his once-thriving estate fell into disrepair, but his descendants revived it in the 19th century. The state of Georgia acquired most of the original plantation in 1973.
Today, visitors can view a museum with artifacts unearthed at Wormsloe, as well as a short film about the site and the founding of Georgia. A scenic nature trail leads past the tabby ruins to a living-history area where, during programs, demonstrators in period dress exhibit the tools and skills of colonial Georgia. The site hosts several events throughout the year, including the ?Colonial Faire and Muster? in February, which highlights aspects of 18th-century life, such as music, dancing, crafts and military drills.
Hours: Tuesday?Sunday 9AM?5PM; Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year?s Day.