We should have toured a plantation when we were in Charleston and had the chance, but we thought we would wait and do it in Savannah. Not a great plan...there aren't that many plantations left after General Sherman marched across the state systematically burning the plantations and freeing the slaves.
However, Wormsloe gets high marks as a semi-plantation tour. The plantation house is currently lived in so you can't tour it, but the grounds are amazing and you can see the ruins of the original home.
James Oglethorpe came to Savannah with 39 families. Noble Jones was the only one to stay with him and see his dream to completion. The rest of the families either died or deserted when they found out that life wasn't that easy in America. Jones filled many roles, including a physician, surveyor and carpenter.
In 1736, Oglethorpe and the Trustees leased 500 acres to Jones, who began work on a combination plantation/fort along the Skidaway River. The fortified tabby house overlooked a major water route that ran past the property, and it was ready to defend against the Spanish should they decide to attack.
The Jones name was changed to De Renne in 1866. Although proud of his ancestors, George wanted a name that was more distinctive, and it solved the problem of constantly receiving his relatives' mail.