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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  • Beautiful. Simple. And rich in history. We visited on a cold rainy day and it was still breathtaking.  more »
  • This is a quick stop filled with lots of history. For those of you that like history and reading placards it’s worth the stop if not then pass on by. I got out, read and looked. My wife stayed in the ...  more »
  • We were just riding around the island and saw this and stopped. We learned a lot about one of James Oglethorpe’s officers. Also visited the family cemetery just across from the ruins of the home.  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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