Horton House Ruins, Jekyll Island

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#4 of 6 in Historic Sites in Golden Isles of Georgia
Horton House is a historic site on Riverview Drive in Jekyll Island, Georgia.The tabby house was originally constructed in 1743 by Major William Horton, a top military aide to General James Oglethorpe. Horton also brewed beer in Georgia's first brewery . This structure has been meticulously preserved over the past 100 years as an example of coastal Georgia building techniques and as one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state. Across the street from the Horton House ruins is the du Bignon cemetery, a tabby wall surrounding the graves of five people Ann Amelia du Bignon, Joseph du Bignon, Marie Felicite Riffault, Hector deLiyannis, and George Harvey. Horton House, the Brewery Ruins, and the cemetery were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The house is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Georgia.Photos
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  • A great place to learn more of the history of the island and some of its early inhabitants. A nice area to park and walk among historic ruins and the bay side of the island.  more »
  • This stabilized ruin pays respect to Jekyll Island history so is worthy of a visit just to pay respects to the efforts of those gone before. Not a big deal on its own, but a pretty big deal when you r...  more »
  • There is a little grave spot with historical markers. Nice to just sit and enjoy the views. The Spanish history of the area is very interesting.  more »
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  • This is a nice short stop on a bike ride or car ride around the island. You will find the ruins of one of the first structures on Jekyll. Along with information about the house and surrounding site.
  • If you go towards the marches on the side of the cemetery along the water you may be able to see the hundred of baby crabs we got to see. That was awesome. Horton house has some cool history and it's conveniently located on the beach
  • Worth a stop. Pretty cool to imagine what life was like here when it was built.
  • Neat free standing structure from a long time ago! The walls were made of seashells too
  • Not much to it but it was definitely interesting to see how houses are constructed

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