The beautiful and haunting gates of Wormsloe about 15 minutes outside of Savannah, a city considered one of the most expensive tourist destinations in America, can be found off Skidaway Road on the Isle of Hope.
Beyond the majestic gates is a 1.5-mile road lined with towering live oaks draped in Spanish moss on either side.
While the short drive is most popular among visitors, many will say a visit to the museum and ruins is well worth the trip and offers an eerie look at significant moments in Georgia’s history.
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The colonial estate belonged to Noble Jones (1702-1775), a carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 alongside James Oglethorpe and England’s first group of settlers.
"Surviving hunger, plague and warfare in the rugged environment of Georgia, Jones went on to serve the colony as a doctor, constable, Indian agent, Royal Councilor and surveyor, laying out the towns of Augusta and New Ebenezer," according to the state parks website. He also helped defend the Georgia coast from the Spanish.
Jones died at the start of the American Revolution, but his family conserved Wormsloe until the state acquired the bulk of the plantation in 1973.
Learn more about the historic site and activities at gastateparks.org/Wormsloe.
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