Ruins of William Carnochan’s Rum Distillery, Circa 1800, Tolomato Island

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Roof Beam Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

One of Coastal Georgia’s most important yet little-known landmarks is located just outside Darien off Georgia Highway 99, on Tolomato Island near the historic community of Carneghan. Though surrounded by a quiet community of modern homes and vacation homes, the ruins are well-preserved and considered an important resource by the people of Tolomato Island. The area was originally known simply as “The Thicket”.

Text of Historic Marker on nearby Georgia Highway 99:

“The Thicket”: Sugar Mill – Rum Distillery Ruins

On the banks of Carnochan Creek, a short distance East of here, are the ruins of a famous Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery operated early in the 19th century. These buildings, constructed of tabby by William Carnochan on his huge sugar plantation at “The Thicket,” followed closely plans laid out by Thomas Spalding of Sapelo. The sugar works and rum distillery were operated successfully on a commercial scale until 1824, when a hurricane tore off the roof and upper story of the mill and cane barn, and destroyed other buildings.

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Landmark Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Protected Area Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Walls Early Building Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

As evident in this photograph, the majority of the ruins are fairly well-preserved.

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Old Style Thick Tabby Walls Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Note the thickness of the shells in this tabby construction, as opposed to the more “broken-up” look of later and modern tabby.

Repairs were apparently made in the 1920s, as graffiti on this stucco work would attest.

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Repairs Interior Picture Image Photograph Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Interior Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Corner Wall Picture Image Photgraph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Windows Wall Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Destroyed Hurricane 1824 Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Architecture Built by Slaves Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Ruins of Willam Carnochan Sugar Mill and Rum Distillery Tolomato Island Carnigan GA Tabby Walls Forgotten Landmark Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

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5 responses to “Ruins of William Carnochan’s Rum Distillery, Circa 1800, Tolomato Island

  1. Pingback: Ruins of William Carnochan’s Sugar Mill & Rum Distillery, Circa 1800 | Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown

  2. grover chester

    thank you again for the photos, grover chester

    On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM, Vanishing Coastal Georgia Photographs by

  3. Pingback: Ruins of William Carnochan’s Sugar Mill, Circa 1800 | Vanishing Coastal Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown

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  5. Mary Walter

    Thank you for the photos of “The Thicket” where my grandmother, Elinor Mansfield, daughter of Joseph Mansfield was raised from 1880 to about 1900. I’ve heard stories about her living there, but have never seen it.

    Mary Walter

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