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.
Did you get all that. That is for all of you who care. For those of you who don't. We walked around trails of the coastal region in 95 degree heat. Actually, we had a lot of fun. We got to visit with Leah, Chris and Thomas. All very warm and wonderful people. We swapped stories of Savannah (our territory) and Charleston (the England's territory). The kids bonded like all toddlers do...not at all. But they did smile at each other. Thomas did a lot of the smiling while Z just stared. It was refreshing just hanging out and taking our time to enjoy our company and nature.
All girls need their bracelets when they go hiking.
Below is one of the Colonial Homesteads. It was small and very rough. At the same time we were impressed with the ingenuity of the colonial settlers. The house was built with out using nails. If you really want to know the details just ask me. I don't feel like explaining it right now.
Upstairs...correction...up the ladder loft.
My child looks like a hobbit baby.
A lil' crab. Chris knew the name of it. I forgot it. Chris knew a lot of the names of the local wildlife and foliage. We were very impressed.
Isn't this cute? They're visiting with each other. Look closer and you will see Z is about to make off with Thomas' bottle.