Sheltered by live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, the rural road leading to the Wormsloe Historic Site near Savannah, Georgia, is one of the most photographed spots in the city and will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Once the colonial estate of Noble Jones, one of the first English settlers to arrive in Savannah, this 500-acre plantation is the oldest of its kind and features family burial sites, monuments, and tabby ruins that offer a glimpse into a bygone era. Today, guests can take guided tours of the grounds, explore the museum, theater, and gift shop, watch reenactments, and more – and it’s all a short 15-minute drive from the President’s’ Quarters Inn! Here are some of our favorite things to see at the Wormsloe Historic Site.
Explore the Wormsloe Historic Site
A peaceful nature trail leads to Wormsloe’s tabby ruin, which is the oldest standing structure in the state of Georgia. The Jones house was originally constructed in 1745 and was made of “tabby,” which is a mixture of sand, lime, water, and oyster shells. Nestled within lush forests and sheltered by salt marshes, the home was even surrounded by eight-foot-tall tabby walls that were meant to protect Jones and his family from attacks.
Colonial Life Area
The Wormsloe Historic Site also features a colonial life demonstration area, where guests can watch interpreters in authentic period clothing showcase the tools and skills of colonial Georgia. You can also see some of the typical outbuildings on the property and learn about the gardens and crops grown at Wormsloe back in the day. The site hosts several events throughout the year that highlight important aspects of 18th-century life, including music, dancing, crafts, military drills, and more.
Inside the site’s museum, you can learn about the early beginnings of the state of Georgia, view fascinating period artifacts, and even watch a 13-minute film about the city’s founding by General Oglethorpe. You can also grab a map that will lead you through the plantation’s scenic walking trails. Wormsloe and its museum are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Other Area Attractions
To learn more about our city’s historic past, be sure to visit the many fascinating attractions near the Wormsloe Historic Site. Some of our favorites include:
- The Book Lady Bookstore: Located in the heart of the historic district, The Book Lady has been Savannah’s only independently-owned new and used bookstore since 1978. This fascinating shop features over 50,000 books in 40 genres and even offers a cafe, reading garden, and various author events throughout the year. Be sure to stop by to find your new favorite novel!
- Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum: With over three floors of photographs, exhibits, and collections, this museum gives guests a glimpse into what life was like during the civil rights struggle in Savannah and in Georgia. The museum also features lecture halls, classrooms, and a gift shop.
- Green Meldrim House: The Green-Meldrim house is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the South’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Featuring a cast iron entrance, marble mantles, and an elegant curved stairway, this beautiful 19th-century home was the most expensive of its time and is a must-see when you’re in the area.
Come home to the Presidents’ Quarters Inn!
Before you start planning your trip to our historic city, be sure to book your stay at our Savannah bed and breakfast! Originally constructed in 1855, our inn’s comfortable rooms and suites feature antique furnishings as well as modern amenities and are the perfect homestead after a fun-filled day. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in Savannah!
For more information on historic sites in Savannah, including Wright Square, the Victorian district,
and the Savannah Ogeechee canal, download our free vacation guide and see our other recommendations for attractions in Savannah, Georgia.