This state historic site near Savannah consists of 822 acres of protected land of what was once Wormsloe Plantation. The large estate established by one of Georgia`s colonial founders, Noble Jones, includes a picturesque 1.5-mile oak avenue, the ruins of Jones` fortified house, a museum, and a demonstration area interpreting colonial daily life. The fortified house was part of a network of defensive structures established by early Georgia colonists to protect Savannah from a potential Spanish invasion. Jones subsequently developed Wormsloe into a small plantation, and his descendants built a large mansion that they used as a country residence. The State of Georgia acquired the Wormsloe Plantation in 1973 and opened it to the public as a state historic site in 1979.