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Mother of 2 and wife to Travis.I am a Jill of all trades,master of none. I like to dabble in everything, so follow me on my journey; raising kids, working towards a healthier lifestyle, new recipes, menus, homeschooling, crafts,enjoying our home the Great Smoky Mountains, etc...What we call...LIFE :-)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Run Away with Me...Day 2

In case you missed it here is Day 1 of our get-away. Now we are on to Day 2!

**Warning LONG photo heavy post!**

Tuesday morning we got up early and headed out for Wormsloe Historic Site(Plantation). A 1736 Colonial Estate near Downtown Savannah.
Noble Jones came to Georgia with James Oglethorpe in 1733. He leased 500 acres from the colony's Trustees on Isle of Hope.
 Noble Jones named his estate "Wormslow"(Which was later changed to Wormsloe)

When you enter you are greeted with these beautiful lines of Oak trees(more than 400!) "Oak Avenue"

The trees were planted by Wymberley Jones De Renne in the early 1890s to commemorate the birth of his son, Wymberley Wormsloe De Renne.

We were both expecting to see the big white house with the pillars etc..(What you think when you think plantation) Well guess what...there are descendants of Noble Jones that still occupy that part of the site and it's not open to the public.

So moving along we visited the museum to get a little back history. Then we walked back to the "Tabby Ruins". 

What is Tabby? Tabby is a type of building material used in the coastal Southeast from the late 1500s to the 1850s. Tabby is lime,sand,oyster shells, and water.

Noble Jones tabby house was completed in 1745. Construction took 6 years and 8,000 bushels of tabby.The 1 1/2-story structure was built inside a rectangular wall(8ft) with four bastions(gun mounts) on each corner.
The home was twice the required size of contemporary Savannah houses and contained 5 rooms, making it an imposing dwelling for it's time and location.

Next we went to the Observation Deck which overlooks a water channel known as Jones' Narrows. A main waterway for ships passing through the area in the 1700s.

Then we went to the "Living History Camp"

Our Review: We are glad that we went to learn and feel the history of this place. HOWEVER, the "Oak Avenue" was the best part of this place.(And worth the trip) Until they open up the plantation house to the public it is not a "must see"(Just keeping it real)  :-)

Keeping up with the "history" theme(Has anyone figured out that my husband is a history buff??) our next stop was Fort Pulaski

In the second quarter of the 19th century, US military engineers built Fort Pulaski on marshy Cockspur Island to guard the river approaches to Savannah,GA.
Construction began in 1829 and required $1million, 25 million bricks, and 18 years of toil to finish.

April 10th, 1862 the walls were demolished by union cannon fire. Forcing the Confederates to surrender the fort.

Craters made by Union artillery.

Some of the shots are still in the wall

After all this history I had to take a break..we had a picnic and then we drove right down the road to Tybee Island

            That night we chose to go to The Crab Shack for dinner
                Did I mention they have an alligator lagoon??
The outdoor dining area had an awesome vibe
Yum Yum
We finished the day with a beer at the pier...
and a sunset...

We had a great trip and I REALLY hope it's not another 5 years before we get to Run Away together! :-)
Thanks to YaYa for keeping the kids for us!! :-)

**Keep checking back because I am going to do a give-away soon!   :-)

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