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Crum Creek at Tolomato Island

Tolomato Island GA Crum Creek Floating Pier Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 201e

 

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Ruins of William Carnochan’s Sugar Mill, Circa 1800, Tolomato Island

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Palmettos Early Industry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Located along the banks of Crum Creek, William Carnochan’s sugar mill was an important component of his nearby rum distillery. Like the distillery, the ruins of the sugar mill have survived for over 200 years and are evidence of some of Georgia’s first industrial efforts. Residents of Tolomato Island have worked hard to expose and stabilize these ruins.

Visit here for images of the rum distillery: https://vanishingcoastalgeorgia.com/2013/05/20/ruins-of-william-carnochans-rum-distillery-circa-1800/

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Early Industry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Though vegetation has grown inside the ruins, the durability of tabby as a building material is evident in this and the following images. These structures were built when President John Adams was in office!

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Early 1800s Tabby Walls Palmettos Early Industry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Palmettos Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

For images of Tolomato Island residents and volunteers at work cleaning up the ruins, visit here:

http://tolomato.org/album.asp?album_id=5&album_name=Sugar+Mill+Ruins+Clean+Up+Feb.+17%2C+2013

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Endangered Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Thanks to Quincy Roberts for bringing this location to my attention.

 

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Tolomato Island

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Accidental Dendrocygna autmunalis Tolomato Island GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Sragglers from their native Central and South America, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis)  have been expanding their range in recent years. There is a small but healthy flock in the pond beside the Tolomato Island causeway. They’re fascinating to watch and are generally not very wary of human presence.

 

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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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