Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Horton House Historic Site
What is now visible in this area - tabby ruins along the marsh and a brick lined well - are only a glimpse of the extensive plantation that operated on this island for over a hundred years. Most of the buildings have been lost to time and concealed by the ground, but what is known about these missing treasures paints a vivid picture of a flourishing plantation. There were wooden barns and malt houses, stables, an Overseer's home, slave quarters and several other outbuildings.
During the du Bignon family's time on the island several other families rented land and lived here as well. Jekyll Island was isolated, but it was also a thriving community.
How do you know that ?
The information provided on these panels was gathered by two methods, documentary research and archaeological investigations. This historic site has been of great interest since 1898, when the first attempt at preserving the site was organized by Jekyll Island Club members.
Primary documents, such as personal letters written by Christophe du Bignon or census and tax records, helps archaeologists
Unfortunately many of the primary historical documents are not more specific then to describe a wooden barn or a "good house for his Overseer about thirty by twenty." These references have at least given archaeologists clues about where to search for the missing sites. Recent archaeological work has provided estimated locations of the kitchen and slave quarters of the du Bignon family.
Erected by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc. Jekyll Island Museum.
Location. 31° 6.002′ N, 81° 24.929′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. South of the Horton House Ruins. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horton House Historical Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (about 600 feet away); Major William Horton (about 700 feet away); Le Sieur Christophe Anne Poulain Du Bignon Tabby (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (about 700 feet away); Poulain DuBignon and DuBignon Burying Ground (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Horton House Historical Site (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Also see . . . Glynn County GA. (Submitted on March 29, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Colonial Era •
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