While the idea of visiting Savannah may conjure images of old-fashioned farmhouses and plantations, the modern reality of Georgia’s Oldest City is very different. The historic district of Savannah features cobblestone streets and Antebellum homes rather than sprawling acres of land. However, you don’t have to travel far out of the city to enjoy a day touring a plantation. There are two excellent historic sites that are both beautiful and educational. Best of all, they’re less than an hour away from The Inn on West Liberty! Take a look at our picks for the best plantation tours near Savannah.
Two Excellent Plantation Tours Near Savannah
Wormsloe Historic Site
The closest plantation near Savannah is Wormsloe Historic Site. In the mid-18th century, Noble Jones built an extravagant fortress out of wood and tabby. This structure served as part of James Oglethorpe’s (the founder of Georgia) defense against a potential Spanish invasion. Today, the building is in ruins, having rotted away over time. Visitors to the park can tour the ruins of the former main house of the plantations, as well as visit the onsite museum, watch demonstrations, and hike the scenic trails. Check out the park’s calendar of events so that you don’t miss any fun historical reenactments or festivals. You’ll often find guides in period dress showcasing life in colonial Georgia. Admission to the site is just $10 for adults and $9 for seniors. The park is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It’s just a 25-minute drive from The Inn on West Liberty!
Unlike the previous site, the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation was meticulously cared for by its owner’s descendants before it was left to the state of Georgia in 1973. This site was originally a rice plantation, though the marshes that surround the grounds have swallowed most of the fields. Today, guests should begin their visit to the site at the museum. There, you’ll get to see heirlooms from the Dent family, as well as a model that showcases what the plantation looked like in its heyday. There is also a brief film that details the history of the site. From there, you’ll welcome to head to the plantation house and enjoy a guided tour. You’ll see how the estate was maintained over the many years as well as the many gorgeous pieces of furniture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, Cantonese china, and more heirlooms. If you’re a birdwatcher, check out the Colonial Birding Trail. You can also stroll along the site’s nature trail, which winds back to the park’s Visitor Center.
Book Your Stay Today at The Inn on West Liberty
After a day of touring plantations near Savannah, return to The Inn on West Liberty for an evening spent in luxury. Our historic bed and breakfast is in the heart of downtown Savannah, just minutes from the best restaurants and attractions. Choose from any of our gorgeous rooms and suites to enjoy a blissful stay. In the morning, you’ll start your day off right by indulging in our delicious daily breakfast. If you’re near the inn in the afternoon, join us for wine, cheese, and canapes. It’s a great chance to chat with our innkeepers and meet your fellow guests!
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