This morning we ventured to Wormsloe State Historic Site, a 1745 colonial estate on nearby Isle of Hope. (Love that name!) One of the first English settlers of Georgia, a carpenter named Noble Jones, built his fortified home of tabby (a mixture of sand, oyster shells, lime and water). It’s the oldest standing structure in the Savannah area, but only the ruins of the original house remain.
In the early 1890’s, 400 live oak trees were planted by one of the descendants to commemorate the birth of his son, creating the longest alleé in the world (1.5 miles). Twenty years later a grand masonry archway was added in recognition of the son’s coming of age.
This afternoon we paid our respects to Noble Jones and others who now lie in Bonaventure Cemetery. The beauty of this place is hard to capture, and we spent several hours wandering the pathways, taking in the historical significance of those who are buried here. Johnny Mercer and Conrad Aiken find themselves in very good company!
“Death is never an ending, death is a change; Death is beautiful, for death is strange; Death is one dream out of another flowing.” Conrad Aiken, The House of Dust
You can count on blooms in Savannah year-round, but even the camellias have suffered because of this winter’s extreme cold. The good news is – things are warming up!