Thursday, April 03, 2008

Savannah Trip...Tuesday

Monday we hiked in, set up camp, ate our backpack dinner (which was really good -Chicken & Rice- & the kids ate quite a lot of it) and went to bed.
Tuesday we woke up and had breakfast. Now we had tried giving the kids plain oatmeal at home and Brendan tried it and didn't like it and Madelyn didn't try it and just cried. So we brought in bagels & pop tarts for them while Brian & I had the instant oatmeal. I should say right now I have never had oatmeal before, I had the apples & cinnamon, it was great I am now hooked on the stuff.

Anyway, Tuesday we hiked out and drove to visit the Wormsloe State Historic Site. When Oglethorpe first arrived at Georgia in 1733 the land where Wormsloe sits is on the Isle of Hope. Noble Jones built the house out of lime, sand, shell & water. It took over 6 years to build the house and was twice the required size of a contemporary Savannah house in those times. It had 5 rooms. All that remains of the original house are some of the outer most walls. The Jones' descendants still have a second home build in 1828 on the land and in 1972 donated 822 acres for the Nature Conservancy who then gave it to GA.
Here are some of the photos:
The drive way - was 1 1/2 miles long with 400 live oaks planted in the early 1890s.What remains of the house.The Archway to the estate from the road. 1733 was the year Jones arrived in Savannah, 1913 marks when the arch was put up.
Also we went to visit the McAllister Fort where we were camping at.
Fort McAllister is a sand & mud earthworks fort - with a center bombproof that housed a hospital as well as supply area. It is said that after an attack the fort could be rebuilt overnight by moving the mud & earth back into place. Fort McAllister is one of the forts that was designed to stop ships from entering the rivers to head up toward Savannah. It also had a 'Hot shot Cannon', cannon balls would be heated in the furnance before fired upon the wooded ships to then catch them on fire. The fort was attacked 7 times by ship and did not fail. But was captured by Sherman at the end of his 'March to the Sea' in 1864.
Here are the photos:
Brendan in the Fort.Brian and the kids by the hot shot Cannon.The hospital.Brendan & myself...if you look closely, Madelyn is pitching a fit on the ground between the two mound of earth on Brendan's side.

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