Jekyll Island Georgia History.......Horton House Ruins

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On  the north end of Jekyll Island, Georgia, you will find one of only two remaining Georgia pre-revolutionary structures made of tabby.  Originally the house was the residence of Major William Horton, one of General James Oglethorpe's most trusted military aides.

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Major Horton was the first English resident of Jekyll Island.  His two story home was built on the north end of Jekyll Island along with a barn.  The residents of neighboring Saint Simons Island depended on crops in his fields.  Major Horton cut a road across the north end of Jekyll from his home to the beach which is to this day named Horton Road. 

A Georgia historical marker, on the subject of "Tabby," is positioned at the Horton House site explaining the building material used in the original homes.  Used in Georgia during the Military and Plantation Eras, tabby was used as a building material for walls, floors and roofs.  Its composition was equal parts of sand, lime, oyster shell and water missed into a mortar mix and then poured into forms. 

According to this historical marker, the word tabby is African in origin, with an Arabic background, and means "a wall made of earth or masonry." Originally, the Spanish brought this building style to America.

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Part of the original site remains looking over to the Jekyll Island Bridge. 

For more information about the Jekyll Island experience, visit http://www.jekyllisland.com.

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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Your great photos of your region always make me want to visit. 

Jan 18, 2009 12:15 AM #1
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Ryan,

We are open for business year round due to our great climate.....come on down.......

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Julie,

This is a very nice look at your area and the photos set it off real well.  Thank you for sharing Jekyll Island with us.

Jan 18, 2009 09:49 AM #3
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Featured in Local History Group.

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Don,

Thanks for the compliment and thanks for the feature.  This area has so much history I could write a post every day of the week.......I am trying to get out more and get more photos and enjoy the beauitful place I call home. 

Jan 18, 2009 06:54 PM #5
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Julie, thanks for the mental vacation.  I love the photos you take and the stories you tell.

Jan 19, 2009 11:55 PM #6
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Mark,

Thanks....I need to come over to your area and take a few minutes off there......isn't Localism great?

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I am so glad I visited Jekyll Island today.  Thanks Julie, what wonderful photos,  and for the information about "tabby" building material.  It was unknown to me before now.  Thats what I love about AR the learning just doesn't stop.

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Gail,

The legend is that once your feet have touched the sands of Jekyll Island, you will always return.......

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Wow... I learned something new today and I must say the colors are very engaging. The shade of blue grey along the side roof line is very interesting. That place would make a wonderful painting...

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Great history lesson, Julie... I suppose it's a testament that the walls are still standing after all these years. 

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C.

Wish I had the time and patience to paint.  I am not an artist like you.....

Jesse,

We still use tabby in constrution here - everyone wants to know what it is.......

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