During a weekend trip to Savannah, Georgia we decided to get out of the city and explore some of the historical and scenic sights outside of town. While driving around and exploring we stumbled across a sign for Wormsloe Historic Site.
We weren’t quite sure what was the sign about, but hey, we had plenty of time and it was a beautiful day for exploring.
So we decided to make the turn and see what the Wormsloe site was all about. And oh boy, before we knew it, we were surrounded by the most beautiful trees!
The Most Famous Trees & Driveway in Georgia
Probably one of the prettiest driveways you’ll ever see is located at the Wormsloe Historic Site. Standing beneath those majestic oak trees, covered in lush Spanish Moss is alone worth the visit. It really is a spectacular sight and one of the most incredible driveways I’ve ever seen.
Taking a stroll through the beautiful oak archway is without a doubt something you will remember forever.
We wandered around taking pictures of the spectacular sweeping branches and just stood there in awe. It seemed a little silly just to be standing among the trees and doing absolutely nothing else. But really, they were just so majestic! We couldn’t stop taking photos and just hanging out under the canopy, because it was oh so pretty!
About the Wormsloe Plantation
The Wormsloe estate stretches its roots all the way back to 1733, when Noble Jones, an English colonist, arrived at the Georgia colony. It was in 1736 when the name Wormsloe first appeared as this was how Mr. Jones named his estate. Back then it was spelled “Wormslow.”
About a year later, Jones began building his house, which is now famously known as the oldest standing structure in Savannah. The house was fortified and it enabled Jones to patrol the major waterway that flowed by and offered protection from possible attacks by the Spanish side.
Later on, Jones tried to turn his property into a plantation. He planted a great variety of crops. However, he had limited results, mostly due to sandy soil.
Noble Jones passed away in 1775 and the property was left to his daughter. It remained in the hands of Jones’ descendants up until 1972 when they donated most of their property to Nature Conservancy. However, they kept about 80 acres of the original plantation. Jones’ descendants still own that part of the estate. Eventually, the State of Georgia purchased the rest of the property.
What to do at Wormsloe Historic Site?
Aside from enjoying the lovely mossy oak isle, which we have mentioned above, there is a lot of other fun things to do at Wormsloe Historic Site. The most popular activities include visiting the Tabby ruins, gravesites, and walks on nature trails.
For all of you interested in learning more about this fascinating site, the good news is, there are several guided tours, available each day.
Visitors can also enjoy a museum and a theater, a gift shop, a colonial life area, and a picnic area.
Geocaching at Wormsloe Historic Site
This was another reason why we decided to pop over and visit the Wormsloe historic site. We discovered a multi-cache geocache on the property. If you don’t know by now, geocaching is a GPS game that you can play around the world. Sort of like a treasure hunt, one could say.
We really enjoy combining geocaching with our travels because it gives us something fun to do, and motivates us to visit cool sites. This is especially proving true in Georgia, as they have some really great geocaches in all the State parks and historic sites.
The geocache here at Wormsloe asks you to bring a piece of paper, and go around to different spots gathering clues. After a while, you’ll have what you needed to log the final cache!
To learn more and download the app, visit the Geocaching official website!
Was Forrest Gump Filmed at Wormsloe?
This is a common question. Many people think that the famous Forrest Gump’s run also known as the “Run Forrest run” scene was filmed at Wormsloe’s driveway. Sadly, this is not the case, Forrest did the iconic run at Boone Hall. But, a lot of other famous movies had filmed a scene at the Wormsloe Historic Site. Some of the films are Roots, Gator, The Last Song, The General’s Daughter, and Savannah.
Admission and Hours of Wormsloe Historic Site
Wormsloe Historic Site is located on Skidaway Road on the Isle of Hope. It is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
The admission is reasonably low as it is only $10 per adult (18 – 61 year-olds), $9 per senior (62 or older), $4.5 for youth (6 – 17), and only $2 for children under the age of 6.
There are tours and rates for larger groups available. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (912) 353-3023. to find out more.
Spend a Morning or Afternoon Enjoying Wormsloe Historic Site
Honestly, a whole day at Wormsole it’s a bit of a stretch because there aren’t really enough activities to fill up a whole day. And that’s okay since there are so many things to do in Savannah during your visit. However, you can easily spend a lovely afternoon wandering around and exploring the area. During the heat of summer though, mornings may actually be best for a visit.
And most definitely bring your camera because it is one of the most scenic places we’ve experienced in the Savannah area. Wormsloe is an absolutely beautiful place to visit for the whole family.