Year-round, the folks behind Wormsloe Historic Site say you can experience three centuries of Georgia history in just a few hours at their Georgia State Park.
But several events throughout the year make a visit extra special, such as the Colonial Faire and Muster, part of the Georgia History Festival. The 15th anniversary of this family-friendly, two-day event will offer plenty of fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9.
"The Colonial Faire and Muster is our premiere event at Wormsloe. More people will visit the site on this weekend than any other weekend of the year. Because it is free to the public, it is a chance for our local guests to see and fall in love with the park. Hopefully many will buy an annual pass and bring their families back during the year," says Wormsloe State Historic Site Manager Jason Allison, recently hired in late 2013.
He shares that he's already fallen hard for Savannah.
"I love everything about Savannah ... except maybe the traffic," he says. "The cultural diversity, the friendly people, the fact that most everyone you meet loves this town and are positive, the food - I think I've gained 20 pounds since moving here - the close proximity to the beach and ocean, and the rich history of this region all excite me.
"My family has already made this our home! Wormsloe is an amazing place to live. I still pinch myself every time I drive through the gates to our house," Allison says.
Beyond enjoying its modern-day beauty, he promises that Colonial Faire attendees will feel anywhere but in 2014.
"Expect to be transported back to the 1700s, a much simpler and yet fascinating time," Allison says.
Kim Hatcher, public affairs coordinator for Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, echoes his enthusiasm.
"This is a great annual event, where visitors can learn about the founding of Georgia while also enjoying beautiful scenery," she says. "Kids will especially love seeing musket firings and history come alive."
Activities include military and craft demonstrations, period music and dance, and a military encampment. Allison shares that new for 2014 "are several new living history interpretations, including a Benjamin Franklin living historian. We will also have an exhibit with scout boats similar to the ones that Noble Jones commanded, (and) hopefully a few other surprises, as well."
Great eats will be on hand, too, from Wall's BBQ and The Liberty Tree Tavern. Allison urges Savannahians who haven't been to Wormsloe in a while - or ever - to come for this free event.
"Although I am partial, Wormsloe really is 'the Savannah you came to see.' Over one mile of the most beautiful live oaks in the South are just the entrance to a place where you can visit three centuries in less than three hours. Historical interpretation, wildlife viewing, nature/hiking/walking trails and a great staff make it a fantastic place to spend an afternoon," he says. "It amazes me that so many people from Savannah have never visited," he says.
Also new for 2014 is a Wormsloe event called Spring Fever taking place the last week in March.
"It will be a week-long event with a lot of cool programming. The highlight will be a lantern walk on March 29 with some of the historical characters that made Wormsloe unique," Allison says.