Sweet Savannah: Wormsloe Historic Site

Wormsloe Historic Site, drive

If you’ve thumbed through brochures enticing you to visit Savannah, Georgia (and you should, you know!), you’ve probably been charmed by a dreamy photo of the main drive lined with over-arching live oaks leading to Wormsloe Historic Site. The site was home to Noble Jones (1702-1775), a humble carpenter who later distinguished himself as a doctor, constable, and city planner. In 1973, the state of Georgia acquired the land on which this elegant avenue stands along with the tabby ruins of Jones’ home and the beautiful property surrounding it.

But it’s clearly the trees that are star performers at Wormsloe. Planted in rows leading up to Jones’ home, historic live oaks drape the avenue with verdant leaves, resurrection fern, and swaying Spanish moss.

Tree-lined street, Wormsloe Historic Site, GA

Designated the Prettiest Place in Georgia by Conde Nast, according to a report by the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, Wormsloe (named for Jones’ township in England) draws thousands of visitors to its property each year. Located only 15 minutes from Savannah on Skidaway Road, the property opens its tree-lined drive leading to a museum, gift shop and tabby ruins daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Entryway, Wormsloe Historic Site, GA
Entrance to Wormsloe Historic Site, Georgia

We were fortunate to find a parking spot near the ticket booth so we could gaze down the expanse of the tree-lined avenue. And then we took this elegant drive, slowly as we could, to the end.

Walk or drive the lovely 1.5-mile avenue at Wormsloe.

At the gift shop, we parked again so we could explore the land on which Noble Jones built his home. All that remains of the estate are ruins composed of tabby, a sort of concrete made of broken oyster shells, ash, water, and sand. We’ve seen examples at other sites, but Wormsloe’s tabby walls are among the largest.

Close-up looks at Sabal Palmetto fronds made them seem more like art than mere plants in the afternoon sun.

But even with all that’s to see on this plantation, we still knew the real draw was that initial one-and-a-half mile drive from the archway leading us down the avenue lined with live oaks. It’s a sight we’ll remember. And one we recommend you see when you visit Savannah.

Main drive, Wormsloe Historic Site, GA
The elegant entrance to Wormsloe Historic Site, about 15 minutes from Savannah

Thanks, Mr. Jones, for making Wormsloe the Prettiest Place in Georgia!

Wormsloe Historic Site, GA: tree with moss
Live oaks at water’s edge: Wormsloe Historic Site

Travel through the trees,

Rusha & Bert

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28 thoughts on “Sweet Savannah: Wormsloe Historic Site

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  2. Klausbernd

    WOW, that’s really impressive and well photographed. Interesting the history as well.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Very true. I’ve enjoyed reading about some of it. Wormsloe was a surprise. I had thought the plantation home built after the tabby house would be a part of it all, but it’s a private residence now. All so interesting.

  3. WanderingCanadians

    How gorgeous. I have yet to visit Savanah, but when I do, Wormsloe Historic Site will for sure be on my itinerary. I’m surprised the path doesn’t look very busy, but I imagine that’s because of COVID and all the travel restrictions.

  4. Amy

    Breathtaking, Rush. I can only imagine drive through the path with these beautiful trees on both side. Beautiful photos.

  5. Toonsarah

    That drive is so beautiful! I guess in ‘normal’ times it would be harder to get the almost car-free shots that you achieved? I also love your shots of the palmetto, like abstract art or architecture 🙂

  6. dawnkinster

    I’ve been to Savanah once, it was beautiful. And somewhere on one of our trips I remember a driveway quite a bit like this, but certainly not so long. I think it was a plantation in Lousiana. I love the Spanish moss hanging in the trees, you’ve really caught the feel of the Old South in your images!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We loved in Louisiana for years, and you’re so right. There are many lovely drives and those same elegant trees. But this is one of the best we’ve seen. So glad it wasn’t crowded that day so we could linger and enjoy. Thanks for commenting.

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