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Gable Front House, Isle of Hope

There are quite a few houses of this common vernacular style in Isle of Hope, most dating to the first two decades of the 20th century.

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Upchurch House, Circa 1900, Isle of Hope

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Folk Victorian House, 1902, Isle of Hope

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The Shadows, Circa 1854, Isle of Hope

Also known as the Wylly-Bee-LeBey House, this raised Plantation Plain is an interesting variant of the popular style of 19th-century Georgia. Local tradition says that construction of the house was started by Wylly and completed by Barnard E. Bee. A later owner, Miss Ella LeBey recounted this story: Mr. Fred Wylly told my mother this…story. When the overseer and slaves were digging deep for the main chimney, an iron box with a ring in the top was discovered by the slaves and also human bones. The slaves thought it was a casket, quickly covering it over and the chimney was built. The Negroes were afraid of the haunting of the dead for disturbing the grave. Nothing was said until the chimney was almost complete and the overseer said the chimney was more valuable than any old pirate’s loot. After that, whenever the house was vacant people dug to find the treasure. Mrs. Chaplin [later owner] said she filled the hole with cement. Later we found reasons to believe she engineered the removal of the treasures because of the old watches and bracelets satin and velvet she showed my mother.

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Roland-Ellis-Cope House, 1850s, Isle of Hope

Though tax records indicate a construction date of 1864, that is likely the date of completion. It is thought to have been begun in the late 1850s and delayed by the Civil War.

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Sarah Glen Bayard House, Circa 1855, Isle of Hope

The architecture suggests that this house was built in a simpler style, with the veranda porches and other ornamental amendments made later. One source dates it as early as 1847. Local tradition (not confirmed by me) indicates it briefly served as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War. It was also used as a set location in the 1974 movie The Last of the Belles.

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Liberty Hall, Circa 1895, Isle of Hope

Built by Arthur Solomon, a  noted Savannah gardener, this is also known as the Solomon-Schwalb-Cullen House.

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Italianate House, 1898, Isle of Hope

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Colonial Faire & Muster, Isle of Hope

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Isle of Hope Savannah GA Reenactor Oaks Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

The first weekend in February brings a popular celebration to historic Wormsloe each year, with colorful reenactors and period vendors on hand.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Traditional Dance Isle of Hope Savannah GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016Colonial-era dances are always a popular activity and the public is encouraged to join in.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Plantation Isle of Hope Savannah Reenctor Tents Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

One can really appreciate the difficult lives of Georgia’s first settlers, especially on a damp, cold day.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Isle of Hope Savannah GA Soldier Reenactor Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

Military reenactors win the prize for best-dressed participants.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Isle of Hope Savannah GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016Colonial militia reenactors have an obvious passion for history.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Historic Site Isle of Hope Savannah GA Reenactors Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

Their dress is quite colorful.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Isle of Hope Savannah GA Ladies Reenactors Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

These ladies were braiding belts and had some for sale, giving a nice demonstration of Colonial crafts.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Savannah Reenactors Drummer Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

If you’re ever in Savannah the first weekend of February, check out this event. It’s a great way to celebrate Georgia history.

Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe State Historic Site Isle of Hope Savannah GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

 

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