The Shell(s) of Wormsloe (c. 1740)

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Marilyn Whiteley on March 16, 2009

Wormsloe Plantation was the home of Noble Jones, one of the men who came to Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and his first group of settlers.

The house, built around 1740, was of tabby construction. Oyster shells were burned to obtain lime, and then a mixture of sand, water, lime, shells, and ash were put into forms to obtain a very durable building material.

Zoom in for a closer look at the shells that are revealed as this old wall finally erodes!

Hank Waxman on March 17, 2009

Well now I feel silly for my comment on your other shot where I commented it reminded me of Wormsloe.

There was a small restaurant on the way back to Savannah whose house specialty was rock oysters. Did you, by any chance, get to try that treat?

Marilyn Whiteley on March 18, 2009

As I said on the other photo, you should feel smug, making the correct identification!

I don't suppose we ate at the same restaurant, but we did have a very good meal at a seafood-specializing restaurant along one of the rivers somewhere between Wormsloe and Savannah.

Skies had been threatening all afternoon, and it began to rain (gently) just as we left Wormsloe as they closed for the day. At that time we were told that the area was under tornado watch, but fortunately nothing developed!

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  • Uploaded on March 16, 2009
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2009/02/28 16:14:05
    • Exposure: 0.025s (1/40)
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    • Exposure Bias: -0.70 EV
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