Isle of Hope

Located in an historic residential community, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Isle of Hope Marina sits on the southeast side of Savannah.
Isle of Hope was first settled in the mid-1700s when the English Parliament deeded equal portions of the island to three noblemen who were to build fortifications to protect the young Georgia colony from a Spanish invasion by water. The ruins of one of these early plantations, Wormsloe, are preserved in a state park just a short distance from the marina. In the early 1800s Isle of Hope became the summer playground for Savannah’s elite, and “Cottages”, such as the one pictured above, were built along the now famous Bluff Drive.
Not far away, the Historic District of Savannah is buzzing with creativity, art, culture and live theatre and is the perfect place for you to spend a weekend or a lifetime. Many people who visit end up falling in love with Savannah and move here to live in one of the oldest cities in America – a site of many famous Revolutionary & Civil War Battles. Hundreds of interesting sites to see including more than twenty city squares, monuments, parks, Historic Homes, Churches & Forts and the largest National Historic Landmark District in the USA!

Wormsloe Plantation

A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702-1775). Jones was a physician and carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and the first group of settlers from England. Wormsloe’s tabby ruins are the oldest standing structures in Savannah.

Surviving hunger, plague and warfare in the rugged environment of Georgia, Jones went on to serve the colony as a constable, Indian agent, Royal Councilor and surveyor, laying out the towns of Augusta and New Ebenezer. He also commanded a company of marines charged with defending the Georgia coast from the Spanish. After his death at the beginning of the American Revolution, his once-thriving estate fell into disrepair, but his descendants revived it in the 19th century. The state of Georgia acquired most of the original plantation in 1973.

Today, visitors can talk with uniformed interpreters and view a museum with artifacts unearthed at Wormsloe, as well as a short film about the site and the founding of Georgia. A scenic nature trail leads past the tabby ruins to a living-history area where, during programs, demonstrators in period dress exhibit the tools and skills of colonial Georgia. The site hosts several events throughout the year, including the “Colonial Faire and Muster” in February, which highlights aspects of 18th-century life, such as music, dancing, crafts and military drills.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9AM-5PM. Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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