Although I enjoyed Ft. Pulaski and the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, the more personal history is what I like best. I found it on Tuesday afternoon at the Wormsloe State Historic Site.
The Wormsloe Plantation Tabby Ruins (tabby is the name of a local building material that utilized oyster shells) are the oldest standing ruins in the state of Georgia, the remnants of a small plantation house built Nobel Jones in 1736. He was among the first British settlers in Georgia, the surveyor of both Savannah and Atlanta. He died just before the Revolutionary War began.
The family cemetery
Remnants of a tabby wall
In 1828, a descendent of Nobel Jones built a larger, much grander, plantation home, which is still occupied by descendents today – adjacent to, but not part of, the Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site. The original tabby house fell into ruins, of which a few walls remain today.
For me, this oak-lined driveway, a mile and a half long, is the highlight of the site and it’s history. According to the information at the visitor center, Wimberley Jones De Renne, a descendent of Nobel Jones, planted these oak trees in 1891 “with the birth of his son”. Can you imagine? There are over 400 huge oaks lining this drive.
What faith in the future it takes to plant 400+ trees down a lane to your home! Did he picture his children, grand-children, and future greats enjoying them? Did he picture them grown to this amazing size? He certainly never pictured me driving my Jeep Grand Cherokee down this lane, then walking back to snap a photograph with a pocket-sized digital camera, which I would download onto a computer and share with the world.
I loved walking down this lane, thinking about the farsighted man who planted 400 oak trees when his son was born. How he must have loved his land! It brought me great pleasure to walk his beautiful lane and contemplate his long-ago life. That’s when I really enjoy history!