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Savannah

Wormsloe Historic Site

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.