Calling all sailors young and old - a new event at Wormsloe State Historic Park will prepare you to sail the high seas like a real Savannah pirate.


The new colonial sailor workshop will teach budding voyagers how to navigate with a real compass, tie steadfast sailing knots, make calls with a sailing whistle and more.



The event is a new hands-on experience, one which staff say will keep curious visitors engaged whether they are 4-years-old or 104-years-old.


“I mean who doesn’t want to be a pirate for a day?” says Gretchen Greminger, site manager for Wormsloe State Historic Park.


The sailing workshop, like other colonial-themed events at the park, will highlight colonial-era living and tie into the region’s longstanding history with the sea.


“The seas were the colonial period highways; an easier way to get from point A to point B and that was no different here at Wormsloe,” Greminger added. “Our relationship with the sea in Savannah started from the get-go and really hasn’t stopped.”


Wormsloe State Historic Site has nautical ties going back hundreds of years, park staff shared. A British Naval corps was stationed at Wormsloe in the 1740s to help protect region and fortify Noble Jones house from the nearby Spanish, located just south of here in Florida.


The city also famously played host to decades of pirates and shipping merchants, and was a key maritime stronghold in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.


The day’s two workshops, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be hosted by Ranger Jillian Brown who will guide campers through orienteering lessons with their compasses around the park, and give lessons in tying complicated sailing knots.


“We really wanted to put together something that I thought kids would be able to relate to,” Brown said. “I like to make history more relatable to people. You can read it in a book, but it might not necessarily stick until you experience it.”


One of the activities Ranger Brown says she’s looking to most however, is leading the groups through a few rousing, and historical sea shanties.


“My grandfather would sing these shanties when I was a kid, and they were so fun, we thought other kids might enjoy them too,” Brown added.


There are two colonial sailing classes Jan. 5 and space is limited to about 15 guests per group. All ages are welcome, but park staff ask that attendees call the park office to RSVP at (912) 353-3023.


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