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Wormsloe Historic Site gets new visitors center
State Department of Natural Resources officials test out the new trolley that will take visitors at Wormsloe down the famed Live Oak Avenue. Photo provided

One of Savannah’s most photographed historic sites, colonial Wormsloe, unveiled its new visitor center on Wednesday, January 3. State and local leaders, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials, members of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund Board of Trustees, and others gathered for the ribbon-cutting at the new Wormsloe State Historic Site Visitor Center.

Wormsloe State Historic Site preserves the estate of one of Georgia’s first settlers from England, and its tabby ruins are among the oldest structures in Savannah. The new, 6,000-square-foot building offers a large patio with fireplace, gift shop, meeting space and introductory information about the site. Repurposed materials include slate roofing material from a historic dock, as well as an iron gate from the 1930s formal gardens.

“I believe it will be the perfect place to welcome the 185,000 visitors that come to Wormsloe each year,” said Walter Rabon, Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.

A new trolley system will be operated out of the visitor center to take visitors down the iconic 1.5-mile-long Live Oak Avenue, which will help protect the historic trees from frequent auto traffic. The reduced traffic will also be an added benefit for those photographing the famous lane. Visitors will soon be able to rent bicycles to pedal down the avenue. New landscaping includes native plants, young cypress trees and live oaks, and a water feature. Once guests pass through the new visitor center, they can explore a museum, tabby ruins, colonial life area, nature trails and marsh views.

The new visitor center had funding supported by the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program.

“Our state parks and historic sites have been the recipient of several of these grants,” said Rabon, who also serves as chairman of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund Board of Trustees. “We are focused on making significant impacts on improving our facilities, visitor centers, campgrounds and trails.”

About the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (GOSA) was approved by the General Assembly in 2018 and later overwhelming approved by Georgia voters with 83% support. This is the state’s first dedicated funding mechanism to support parks and trails as well as protect and acquire lands critical to wildlife, clean water, and outdoor recreation across the state. Since the program’s establishment in 2019, GOSA has allocated over $97 million of funding to 50 conservation and outdoor recreation projects across Georgia. Grantees have committed more than $175 million to match these grant funds, for a total investment of almost $300 million.

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